The Parks and Wildlife circle functions under the Forest’s, Park’s, Wildlife and Environment Department of the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan. The circle is the line department which maintains custodian and management mandate for conservation of wildlife and its habitat to improve economic benefits locally, while improving ecological services globally. The aim is to focus on conservation of wildlife and habitat, in close collaboration with local communities, NGO’s, other concerned departments, and ministries. The department provides its legal, technical, and fianncial support to community-based institutions and other key partners for conducting research, conservation and sustainable management activities on the basis of availability of natural resources in the vicinity. The Parks and Wildlife circle, with the help of its key partner organizations, has successfully initiated and conducted trophy hunting programs in Gilgit-Baltistan, utilizing the revenue for the betterment of the local communities.
Protected Areas Include; National Parks, Game Reserves, Wildlife sanctuaries, Community Managed Areas.
Amidst the mighty mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan reside magnificent species of wildlife such as Ibex, Markhor, and Snow Leopard.