LAHORE (APP): New comprehensive policy to protect wildlife and forests: MoCC
A senior official of the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) on Friday said that government was pro-active and keen to protect wildlife and extend assistance to different organizations working in this field.
Talking to APP, Muhammad Yousaf said that the government was devising a comprehensive policy for conservation of wildlife.
He said that for protection and conservation of wildlife species and their habitat, a network of protected areas was currently in place, working in accordance with the provincial wildlife protection laws.
Also, WWF Pakistan Chapter Director Dr Ejaz Ahmad said that global warming was threatening wildlife, which was an integral part of the country's biodiversity.
He said there were 26 national parks, 92 wildlife sanctuaries, 89 game reserves and 115 community reserves, while the network of protected areas covered about 12 percent of the land area of the country. He said that wildlife was most vulnerable to global warming .
"Global warming and climate changes are forcing wildlife to change their behaviours, as many birds are nesting, breeding and migrating earlier due to before time arrival of spring," he said.
He urged the government to protect forest cover which is the main source of conservation of wildlife in Pakistan.