WWF hails Punjab govt for hefty allocation for Wild Life

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WWF hails Punjab govt for hefty allocation for Wild Life

LAHORE, June 14 (APP): WWF hails Punjab govt for hefty allocation for Wild Life

 

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan chapter senior director Dr Ejaz Ahmad said Tuesday appreciated the Punjab government for allocating a hefty amount for conservation of wildlife.

 

Talking to APP, he said it was worth appreciating that the government had given priority to the wildlife  sector for the next fiscal year.

 

The government had allocated funds to protect, conserve, manage and sustain diversified wildlife species and their natural habitat, he said.

 

To a question, Dr Ejaz said there were 26 national parks, 92 wildlife sanctuaries, 89 game reserves and 115 community reserve, while the network of protected areas covered about 12 per cent of the land area of the country.

 

Meanwhile, a senior official of Punjab Wildlife Department said the government was pro-active and keen to protect the wildlife and extend assistance to different organizations working in this field.

 

"The government was devising a comprehensive policy for conservation of wildlife," he said.

 

It is pertinent to mention here that the government of Punjab has allocated an amount of Rs 735 million in the budget 2016-17 for the wildlife sector which is more than the current year's budget of Rs 700 million.