The Shandur Festival is an International Event attracting thousands of people from Pakistan and across the world. It has both negative and positive impacts on the community, biodiversity, environment, and climate change. Chitral Travel Bureau and Chitral Tourism Association are dedicated to minimizing the negative impacts and maximizing the positive effects of tourism, briefly summarizing these impacts in line with the expected outcomes mentioned:
Increased Carbon Footprint:
The influx of tourists during the Shandur Festival can lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change. Transportation, accommodation, and other associated activities can result in higher carbon footprints.
The higher number of visitors during the festival can lead to increased waste generation, straining the local waste management infrastructure. Improper waste disposal can harm the environment, pollute water sources, and negatively impact biodiversity.
Disturbance to Biodiversity:
The large gathering and associated activities of the festival can cause disturbances to local wildlife and their habitats. Noise pollution, habitat destruction, firework, helicopters operation, motor gliders, heavy traffic, and human interference can disrupt the natural behaviors of species and potentially threaten biodiversity.
Heavy and uncontrolled traffic contributes to soil and air pollution:
The negative impacts of soil and air pollution on human health, glaciers, and biodiversity could be minimized through effective preventive measures.
Shandur Festival tourism can provide economic opportunities for the local community. It generates income for local businesses, including accommodations, restaurants, artisans, and tour guides. This can contribute to livelihood improvement and economic growth in the region.
The festival celebrates the cultural heritage of the region, promoting traditional arts, crafts, music, and sports. By attracting visitors, the festival encourages the preservation and promotion of local cultural practices and traditions, fostering a sense of pride and identity in the community.
Awareness and Education:
The Shandur Festival can be a platform for raising awareness and educating both visitors and the local community about the importance of conservation, biodiversity, and climate change. It provides an opportunity to engage in discussions, workshops, and exhibitions that promote sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.
The revenue generated from the festival can be allocated to support conservation efforts and initiatives. This can include funding for biodiversity conservation projects, habitat restoration, and environmental education programs, contributing to the long-term protection of the natural resources in the region.
Collaboration and Partnerships:
The festival can foster collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders, including local communities, government authorities, NGOs, and tourism operators. By working together, these stakeholders can develop and implement sustainable tourism practices, conservation strategies, and climate change adaptation measures.
SHANDUR FESTIVAL AND ITS IMPACTS
Syed Harir Shah
Syed Harir Shah: Experienced professional in DRR, climate change adaptation, and organization development. Worked with Red Cross, German International Cooperation, and Aga Khan Development Network. Skilled in project management, coordination, and integration. Expertise in community-based DRR, emergency response, and mainstreaming. Implemented programs in livelihood, health, WASH, food security, and shelter. Proficient in research, advocacy, capacity building, and organizational development. Collaborates with stakeholders and represents organizations in coordination mechanisms. Strong in resource mobilization and inclusive programming. Applies innovative, participatory, and holistic approaches for resilience building.