Project to protect wildlife in Northern Areas launched!

The government is spending Rs30 million on conservation of endangered species and a project has been launched to protect the rare wildlife from extinction, officials said.

“A comprehensive project has been started by the Wildlife Department in order to conserve the most precious wild species in Northern Areas and the required funds have been released by the government,” Divisional Wildlife Officer Mohammad Ayub told .

He said that government was paying much importance to protect the rare species from being extinct and added that an adequate amount was also being spent to equip the department and employing people to overcome shortage of manpower.

He said the wildlife department was specially focusing on conservation of Markhore, Urial and Muskdeer and it had inducted community wildlife guard at village level to monitor illegal hunting of aforesaid species.

Mr Ayub said that by conserving these species they would encourage trophy hunting in line with reserved quota of the government.

He said the department had procured vehicles and other equipment necessary for community wildlife guards so that they could contribute effectively towards the targets.

He said a number of measures had also been taken by the department to create awareness among the masses about the importance of wildlife in society.

“We are concentrating on community participation…we are involving them in the conservation process…as they are the best protectors,” Mr Ayub said.

He appreciated the active participation of communities and added that the department was thankful for the cooperation the communities had extended so far.

He lauded that communities in Ghizer, Hunza, Astor and Baltistan were much cooperative and they had played an important Role in the conservation of wild species.

He was of the view that the Northern Areas were best sanctuaries for rare species and the government would conserve this asset by all means.

He said severe action would be taken against illegal hunters

3 Comments so far

  1. Jawwad S (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 5:16 am

    Project to save human life needed immediately b4 wild life i think :)


  2. Destitute Rebel (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

    This would be good if followed throgh by the book but sadly in our country. let alone wild life, human life has no value, everything has a price. you pay enough and you can hunt anything you want. the government sets quotas for trophy hunting, every year our government sells permits legally for Ibex and snow leapord both rare species (price tags run around $2000-$50,000 prices are rough estimates based on international tour operators selling the permits). now imagine paying $500 to the “community wildlife guard” who earns less than that in a year, dont you think he’ll turn a blind eye.

    Even better befriend an army officer or a senior officers child, a politician or someone in the bureaucracy and you will be personally escorted by the Divisional Wildlife Officer for your shooting trip.

    Its sad but true.


  3. Abdussalaam (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    about the muskdeer plight and a solution proposed see http://www.profumo.it/cashmir/english/13_kashmiri_muskdeer.htm



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