SDNP has also been working on models of e-governance and District Management Information Systems. In this regard, the following district Websites have already been launched:

1. District Gwadar
www.gwadar.sdnpk.org
This information rich website goes back to Gwadar's ancient history in its well-written introduction. It gives details of the hierarchical administrative setup, topography, and productive sources of economy. Intensive information about Gwadar's customs and beliefs, climate and environment, industries, social infrastructure, health, telecommunications, education, population, financial institutions, and NGOs' involvement make for enlightened reading.

2. District Kech
www.kech.sdnpk.org

The site is an extensive source of data on the Kech district of Balochistan. Kech is among the four largest districts within the province. It holds a central position, geographically, politically
and administratively. It is the most densely populated district in
Makran division. Details regarding its administrative setup; agriculture, forestry, livestock and fishing; mining and quarrying;
industry; utilities; transport and communication; education; health; community services is available on this website. Information is accessible about its restaurants and hotels; customs and beliefs; banks and important telephone numbers. The site provides results of the local government elections 2000-2001, and a downloadable report on district consultative meetings held at Kech.

3. District Tharparkar
www.tharparkar.sdnpk.org
Tharparkar district derives its name from "Thar" and "Parkar". The name "Thar" is from "Thul", the general term for the region's sand ridges and "Parkar" literary means "to cross over". The area is mostly desert and consists of barren tracts of sand dunes covered with thorny bushes, and a tropical desert climate. This information rich website outlines the area's ancient history, which is traced from the 11th century onwards, describing the culture, customs and traditions of the people and their professions in agriculture, cattle and livestock rearing, coal, granite and sulphur mining. Historical places include Bhalwa; Bhodisar; Gori; Kasbo; Mithi; Nagarparkar; Naukot; Virawah and Warwai. Detailed maps,
statistical information on health, education, administrative setup, and a separate section on Tharparkar's drought is also available online. Lists of books about, and prominent people from, Thar; local NGOs/CBOs working there and a downloadable document on Tharparkar's historical profile make for absorbing reading. A unique feature of this website is that some of the pages are available in the Sindhi language.

4. District Dadu
www.dadu.sdnpk.org

Dadu District: The site is a database containing information on the district of Dadu, situated in the province of Sindh. Comprehensive information on the history, geography, culture and various other aspects of the district has been presented. Additionally, a special feature on the environmental degradation Of Manchar Lake and a detailed drought report and links to other related information sites have also been provided on the website.

5. District Chakwal
www.chakwal.sdnpk.org

Beginning with a brief geographical introduction about Chakwal, the cultural section provides insight into the way of life of people living there, their dress; marriage customs; occupation; food and health. Superstitions and beliefs peculiar to the area, and customs and traditions also make for interesting reading. Details about the health units, education, agriculture, industry, district administration and important contact numbers are also available at this site. Tourists will find a guide to shrines in Chakwal, and historical information and beautiful images about Kallar Kahar, Katas Raj, and Malot Fort intriguing.

6. District Abbottabad
www.abbottabad.sdnpk.org
The city of Abbottabad was founded in 1853. This information rich site provides details about the population, tourism, culture, languages, customs and traditions prevalent in the area. Places of interest to visitors include Ayubia; Dungagali; Nathiagali and Thandiani. A list of development agencies and NGOs working in the district; education and health institutions; contact information in case of an emergency or complaints and details about the district administration are also available on this site, together with relevant contact information.

7. District Kohat
www.kohat.sdnpk.org
This informative website showcases Kohat's ancient history, flora, fauna and customs of the people's way of life through their cultural festivals; the most famous of which is the Khattak dance. The first historical mention of Kohat is found in the memoirs of Emperor Babar who visited Kohat in 1505 AD. The total area of the district is 2545 square kilometers. Its topography is dominated by mountains, hills and the Kohat valley, which is an agriculturally rich area. Summers and winters are extreme. Kohat has an old tradition of sending its young men to the armed forces. The government service, agricultural activities, transport, business and arms manufacturing are major sources of earning in the region. Together with the administrative setup, it provides rich statistical data on agriculture, industry, education, population, employment and health facilities. Important historical places include Darra; Khushal Garh; Kohat town; Lachi; Shakardarra and Tanda Dam.

8. District Mardan
www.mardan.sdnpk.org
The area constituting Mardan district is part of the Peshawar valley, which first appears in history as part of the Gandhara Kingdom. Until 1937, Mardan district was a part of Peshawar district. It was then set up as an independent district after the name of its headquarters town.  This website contains information about Mardan's history and culture; geography and administrative setup. Details regarding its agriculture, education, health, industry, trade and statistical data are also available online. Historical sites include Shahbaz Garhi, Kashmir Ghar, Sawal Dher, Jamal Garhi, Takht Bahi and Sarai Behlol.

9. District Chitral
www.chitral.sdnpk.org
With traces of the earliest settlements going back to 1500 BC, Chitral district of NWFP lies in the north of the province. It is landlocked and remains completely cut off from the rest of the country for four to five months during the winter season. Famous passes include the Lawari Pass (10500 ft.); the Arandu Defile (3577 ft.); the Shandur Pass (12035ft.) and the Durah Pass (12305ft.). The people of Chitral form an ethnic mix of tribes like the Afghans, Dameli, Dangerik, Gawari or Arandui, Gujars, Khow, Kirghiz, Madaklashti/Tajik, Pathans, Sariquli and the Wakhi. Rich in tourism, Chitral's products and handicrafts include embroidery, finger rings, rugs, woodwork, dry and fresh fruit. Information about its district government; the development agencies working there and their projects; a map and picture gallery, are some of the features available on this information-rich and elegantly designed website.

10. District Badin
www.badin.gov.pk
Badin district is situated between 24º-5` to 25º-25` north latitude and 68 21’ to 69 20’ east longitude. The district is bounded on the north by Hyderabad district on the east by Mirpurkhas and Tharparker districts, on the south the Arabian Sea and Rann of Kutch, which also forms the international boundary with India, and on the west it is bounded by Thatta and Hyderabad districts. The total area of the district is 6,726 square kilometers and the district consists of five talukas, they are Badin, Matli, Tando Bago, Golarchi and Talhar and with the introduction of the Devolution System the talukas have been sub-divided into the Union Councils numbering 49, Tapas 109 and Dehs 511.

While IUCN Pakistan Programme is helping District Government Badin to help them formulate Strategy for Sustainable Development for District Badin, IUCN's Knowledge Management Unit has launched Badin District website as an Information sharing tool on various aspects for the District. The website offers geographical, topographical, historical and cultural information. It gives details of the hierarchical administrative and political setup, along with details of the district’s health units, educational institutions and business centers. The website also features a picture gallery and a list of all the hotels and restaurants of the district

These websites represent the diversity of cultural heritage, customs, governance and other related information of these districts. Both government and civil society sources have contributed to information on these websites and there is a great ownership among the stakeholders for them. Work on some other district websites like Kalat and Peshawar is also in progress.

 

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