PR No. 250 “Pakistan will plea to increase the quota for trophy hunting in Next Conference of Parties of CITIES after conducting survey”, said by the Federal Minister for Climate Change Islamabad: November 25, 2016.
The meeting of CITIES management Authority was held in Ministry of Climate Change to discuss various agendas.
“The survey should be conducted to check exact population of Markhor in Pakistan. Then we can forward our case in next CITIES Conference of Parties to increase quota of trophy hunting for Pakistan “, said by the Federal Minister for Climate Change.
The representatives from provinces informed that population of Markhor has been increased in Pakistan so Pakistan should plea in next CITIES Conference of Parties to increase the quota of Markhor for Pakistan. The amount earned through trophy hunting is spent on communities’ welfare. It would be a great benefit if this quota further increases .So it was decided that survey should be conducted with the help of provincial wildlife departments, World Wild Life, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Higher Education Commission approved Universities having zoology and wildlife departments.
It was also discussed that a province will communicate to wildlife department at federal level if its annual quota for trophy hunting is unutilized. This underutilized quota would be transferred to other province on first come serve basis.
The import of big cats for breeding purposes to Pakistan was also discussed. It was decided that a regular monitoring of captive conditions shall be conducted and report will be submitted to CITIES secretariat.
The issue of expiration of Sindh permit was discussed and decided that Sindh will renew its permit. The members also decided that ban on commercial export of reptiles and mammals shall be continued
The meeting was attended by attended by Syed Abu Ahmed Akif Secretary Ministry of Climate Change, Ghulam Muhammad Sabir, Secretary Forest Department Baluchistan,Sharif ud Din Conservator Wildlife Quetta, Adnan Hamid Khan, Deputy Secretary Wildlife Sindh, Shafqat Ali, director Lahore Zoo, Fauzia Malik Manager Islamabad Office, IUCN, Naeem Iftikhar Director Wildlife, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife and Fisherie ,Suhail Ahmed CDA, Syed Mubarik Ali Shah KP Wildlife Department, Dr. Mumtaz Malik Ex. Chief Conservator, Syed Mehmood Nasir Inspector General Forest etc