In a significant development that has spread cheer among environmental activists in the country, Shah Foladi region of central Bamyan province has been declared a ‘protected area’.
The announcement was made on Friday, coinciding with World Environment Day, by the National Environmental Protection Agency(NEPA), the country’s main environmental policy-making and regulatory institution.
Shah Foladi region also includes the beautiful Shah Foladi valley, which is famous for its majestic peaks and shimmering waters and exhibits a diverse range of habitats, species and human settlement.
“It is our responsibility to protect the environment and preserve it for future generation(s),” NEPA said in a statement.
Shah Foladi Valley covers more than 2,700 square kilometers. The prime attraction of the valley is 5,050 meter high Shah Foladi peak, which is in close proximity of Bamyan city, the UNESCO heritage site and SAARC cultural centre for 2015.
The United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) has identified Shah Foladi valley as a nationally important watershed that feeds nearly all of the country’s major river systems, and a storehouse for flora and fauna.
Shah Foladi region also includes the beautiful Shah Foladi valley, which is famous for its majestic peaks and shimmering waters and exhibits a diverse range of habitats, species and human settlement
On Friday, the World Environment Day, hundreds of youth activists and municipal workers participated in a cleanliness drive in Kabul.
The declaration of Shah Foladi area as a “protected area”, the statement notes, is a measure to conserve Afghanistan’s natural heritage and build national understanding of environmental issues