The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has developed a responsible tourism model with a focus on solid waste management at major tourist spots of the province.
An official told the publication that the idea behind the plan was to keep those spots clean. He said that the responsible tourism strategy revolved around the adage “leave nothing behind but footprints.” He said that the model would focus on solid waste collection at major tourist spots.
Documents available with the publication show that KP Integrated Tourism Department (KITE) project underscores preservation of environmental value and enabling factors for responsible tourism.
The document says while tourism has proved its mark in job creation and local economic development, it is important for all stakeholders to work together for protection of ecosystem, aquaculture, riverine and wildlife and heritage sites of the significant historic value.
It stated that the objective was key pillar of National Coordination Committee on Tourism that was notified by Prime Minister Imran Khan in August this year. It said that protection of environment through collection and management of waste and recycling of plastic was already within the scope of KITE project.
The document said that the main focus of the plan was on implementation of improved solid waste management measures, which included awareness campaigns for tourists, communities and private business (hotels, restaurants, home stays, tour operators and transporters) as well provision of training, essential infrastructure and equipment such as compactors, dumpers, bins and systems for collection of recyclable and solid waste.
It said that KITE and Economic Revitalisation of KP Project had already provided two excavators, six garbage compactors, four dumper truck and more than 300 dustbins for collecting and removing waste in the limits Galiyat Development Authority, Kaghan Development Authority and tehsil municipal administration of Kalam.