The first initiative of establishing a biodiversity park in Murree is in the final stages of completion. The park is expected to be functional in February 2015. This first biodiversity park of Pakistan is spread over 40 acres and the budget estimate for this project is Rs. 90 million. The purpose of this project is to keep the flora and fauna of Murree Hills intact. Camping will be an integral part of the park where nature lovers would be able to enjoy clean, pollution-free air. The park is likely to feature waterfalls, hiking and jogging tracks, a comprehensive information center and scenic beauty.
The Environment Protection Department (EPD) initiated a project titled ‘Development of Biodiversity Parks’ in collaboration with city district governments, district governments and business communities in 2008. The project was aimed at developing biodiversity parks of Dera Ghazi Khan, Kasur, Cholistan and Murree to spread awareness among the masses regarding importance of biodiversity.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) provided with terms of reference framed by the EPD and tasked with designing, landscaping and establishing the Biodiversity Park in Murree after an approval from the designated authorities.