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PR No. 60 “CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER HAS INSTRUCTED TO FORMULATE FIRST NATIONAL WILDLIFE POLICY OF PAKISTAN” Islamabad: December 07, 2017

Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan instructed Forest and Wildlife Department of Ministry of Climate Change to formulate first National Wildlife Policy of Pakistan. After the successful approval of Pakistan First National Forest Policy, for which process started in 2015 on the direction of then Prime Minister of Pakistan, a comprehensive Forest Policy was finalized in consultation with the provinces and Council of Common Interest in a meeting held in September 2017.Although, Forest Policy is a provincial subject but National Forest Policy was formulated to meet the contemporary challenges of fast changing developments that transcend provincial and national boundaries. The vacuum between science, policy and practice of wildlife management was badly felt by the Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah khan and he issued directions for the preparations of Pakistan first comprehensive Wildlife Policy

            “The healthy wildlife plays an important role in maintaining the ecosystem. Pakistan is land of diverse wildlife that plays an important role in environment” said by the Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Muhahidullah Khan. He further added wildlife in Pakistan face various dangers in form of climate change effects, Illegal hunting and import, unhealthy nutrition and unsustainable commercial use. It’s very important to take initiatives to protect wildlife of Pakistan. It was need of hour to formulate a comprehensive National Wildlife Policy to ensure healthy and protective wildlife in Pakistan.

            This is timely intervention as no province or federal government has Wildlife Policy only some provincial legislation on wildlife has been done in history of Pakistan. This is necessary to synchronize latest scientific knowledge with field, practice through provincial legislation. In latest Forest Policy of Pakistan, there are some provisions about wildlife management but it mainly focus on trees. To kick-start the consultative process all inclusive, Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan has called meeting of all the provinces and stakeholders on 15th December, 2017.It is expected National Wildlife Policy will work as stimulus to revise all wildlife legislation of provinces within the present tenure of government.         

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