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  • An irrigation channel, pipe siphon and land development project of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in Narthang, Baltistan (Pakistan). Planting of poplar trees is the first stage of land development after irrigation channels have been built, transforming the desert landscape.
    AKDN / Robin Oldacre-Reed
Environmental stewardship

AKDN’s activities have stressed the importance of good environmental stewardship in the development agenda.  His Highness the Aga Khan has said that you cannot have one without the other. 

For over 40 years, therefore, AKDN’s development agenda has incorporated the preservation of natural resources.  These activities have taken many forms, from the return to productive use of degraded lands in Asia and Africa, tree-planting initiatives that have planted over 130 million trees, more efficient stoves that cut fuelwood consumption in half, and climate adaptation measures that range from hardier crops to rain-water harvesting systems that allow families to save enough water to carry them through the dry season.