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Bamyan Eco-Tourism Programme

The Bamyan Ecotourism Programme, supported by the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, Bamyan provincial government, the Aga Khan Development Network and the New Zealand Agency for International Development, is developing sustainable tourism in Bamyan to help preserve and develop the history and culture of the region, to provide employment and to give local people the ability to improve their living standards and to help revive the Afghan economy.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of international development agencies working in rural development, health, education, culture, microfinance and social business, primarily in Asia and Africa. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender. AKDN has been active in Afghanistan since 1995 and now implements a range of programmes to rehabilitate and develop rural infrastructure, to support and upgrade the education and healthcare systems and to promote cultural revitalisation. AKDN also invests in priority sectors of the economy, such as microfinance, telecommunications and tourism

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been saving wildlife and wild places worldwide for over 100 years. With the support of USAID, WCS is helping Afghanistan to establish Band-e-Amir as Afghanistan’s first national park, and assisting in the development of other protected areas in Bamyan and throughout Afghanistan.

The New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) is the New Zealand government’s international aid and development agency. The elimination of poverty is a central focus of its mission. NZAID is contributing NZ$800,000 per annum for three years from 2008 in support of ecotourism development in Bamyan province.

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