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UNDP GLOF-II Project organizes Ice Hockey Championship to spread Climate Change awareness in Hunza

hiking and clean-up campaign from Altit to Duikar, where 30 youngsters hiked

Hunza — The Scaling up of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Risk Reduction in Northern Pakistan (GLOF-II) organized series of activities (clean-up drive, hiking competition, evacuation drill, basic first aid training and ice hockey championship) to spread public awareness in district Hunza of Gilgit Baltistan on 25th January 2021.

GLOF II in collaboration with Altit Sports Club and Rising Federation (SCARF) organized the event bringing together around 1000 participants from various stakeholders including  government officials, civil society representatives, NGOs and community members of Hunza.

The day started with the inauguration of old Altit trail followed by hiking and clean-up campaign from Altit to Duikar, where 30 youngsters hiked to the top of trail and picked up garbage, which was handed over to Hunza Solid Waste Company (SWC) for safe disposal, followed by an evacuation drill, where Altit community was trained for climate change induced disasters

The most awaited event was GLOF-II Inter Provincial Ice Hockey Championship between men and women teams of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Khybar Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The event sparked positive competition with the GB teams winning the tournament.

Mr. Wali Khan, Director General Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) graced the event as Chief Guest and appreciated sportsman spirit amongst the communities of Pakistan’s north and especially Hunza. He explicitly appreciated the involvement of females in the tournament and lauded the female team wishing them luck for competing on national and international levels. To appreciate female participation, DG announced cash prizes for both the winning teams as well as the runner-up team.

Representative of UNDP GLOF-II said that this event is meant to build resilience amongst communities and sensitize them towards the notion of global warming and glacial lakes resulting from melting of glaciers. He informed the audience about GLOF-II project and added that UNDP and SCARF team will continue their efforts to make Hunza greener in the future. He also thanked the active involvement of journalists with special thanks to the ones who walked all the way from Skardu to Gilgit to spread peace in GB.

For additional information, please contact Ayesha Babar at ayesha.babar@undp.org  or +92 (51) 835 5650

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UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.

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