The government of Pakistan has planned to get approval of declaration and protection for a biosphere reserve in the Karakoram-Pamir region of Gilgit-Baltistan from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). If materialized, it would be the third biosphere reserve of Pakistan.
According to a statement by Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, the government of Pakistan has already planning and documentation for the Karakoram Pamir Biosphere Reserve.
Sources said that a delegation of UNESCO held a meeting with Mr. Hamid in which they indicated their support for the plan and pledged to work for its approval. The meeting was held in Islamabad by UNESCO and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF). Reports said announcement about the establishment of Karakoram Pamir Biosphere Reserve would be made in June 2014.
At present Pakistan has two biosphere reserves: The Lal Sohanra National Park located in the Cholistan Desert and the Juniper forest of Ziarat.