Shah Foladi region of Bamyan, famous for its flora and fauna, declared a ‘protected area’

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.

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 

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.

In a statement, UNEP called the area “one of Afghanistan’s most beautiful and fascinating landscapes.”

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. 

“With growing capacity to manage and protect these areas, Afghanistan is taking major steps toward ensuring future generations will benefit from these beautiful landscapes,” the statement.

UNEP has supported Afghanistan to conserve and protect its environment and natural heritage since 2002.

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

On Friday, the World Environment Day, hundreds of youth activists and municipal workers participated in a cleanliness drive in Kabul.

President Ashraf Ghani, who also participated in the drive, appreciating the civic responsibility shown by volunteers, and said it is the duty of every Afghan to keep their country clean.

World Environment Day, aimed to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment, is observed in more than 100 countries each year.

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”.