Who We Are
HWF works towards empowering local communities by transforming attitudes towards conservation, while recognising the importance of restoring the balance between development and environment. The various projects by HWF encourage communities to preserve natural resources, built heritage, develop the skills to manage their environment and augment government capacity to facilitate local conservation efforts.
The Himalayan Wildlife Foundation (HWF) was registered on December 08, 2005 with Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) as a non-profit Guarantee Limited company licensed under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984, with a group of ten highly esteemed and professional persons on its board. The organization was instituted in 1993 in Islamabad, Pakistan, with the aim of protecting and managing the country’s natural resources and cultural/built heritage.
Our Vision & Objectives
Our main objectives are:
Development and promotion of public interest in the natural environment, ecology, wildlife, heritage and culture of Pakistan
Establishment of model environmental and heritage preservation areas in the 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; and
Provision of basic necessities of life such as drinking water, medical relief and drainage infrastructure to people settled in remote areas.
Communities to play an effective role in local development, such that every household receives more effective, efficient, need based social services.
Provision of high quality support in the form of strategic intervention in management and on ground support
A sustainable organization is in place for managing efficiently the vision and mission and access to opportunities for everyone in the community.
Identification of heritage and environmental hotspots in need of support to the Government of Pakistan
Improvement of the livelihood opportunities for every household especially the poor.
Enhance human and institutional capacities for poverty alleviation and local development.
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.