The Himalayan Wildlife Foundation was established in 1993 in Islamabad, Pakistan under the Social Welfare Agencies (Registration & Control) Ordinance, 1961 with the aim of protecting and managing the country’s natural resources and cultural heritage. In 2005, the Himalayan Wildlife Foundation (HWF) was incorporated as a Public Guarantee Limited Company under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 in Islamabad.
The Himalayan Wildlife Foundation is striving hard for the conservation of monuments like Rohtas Fort and wildlife, nature and biodiversity conservation like Deosai National Park in the northern areas of Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir along with community infrastructure development and improvement of living conditions in areas of operations.
HWF believes that protection and management of natural and cultural resources in Pakistan will improve the quality of life of the present and future generations. HWF aims to do this by transforming the local economies, behaviours and attitudes to achieve harmony and compatibility between the communities and their environment. HWF works to support and accelerate this process of change by helping the local communities assume ownership and control of their natural resources and heritage, and develop skills required for understanding and management of their environment. The lessons learnt have to be shared within and outside the country to support the development of effective policies and strategies for management of natural and cultural resources in developing countries.
- Development and promotion of public interest in natural environment, ecology, wildlife, heritage and culture of Pakistan.
- Establishment of model environmental and heritage preservation areas in country for demonstration and educational purposes.
- Promotion of conservation of wildlife and heritage sites by raising funds and using them for conservation purposes.
- Providing assistant to Government and non-Government agencies and individuals in their conservation efforts.
- Creating public awareness, holding seminars/workshops on issues related to wildlife conservation.
- Provision of basic necessities of life such as drinking water, medical relief and drainage infrastructure to people settled in remote areas.