Recommendations for Controlling Illegal Wildlife Trade in Pakistan
Islamabad: Nov 24th, 2011: Two days training workshop “Controlling Illegal Wildlife Trade” was held from November 23, 24 at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), Garden Avenue, Shakarparian, Islamabad to highlight the issues of illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts and their derivatives which is threatening Pakistan’s unique biodiversity and its habitats.
At the end of the workshop participants, wildlife experts, and especially customs officials shared their suggestions and recommendations to control illegal trade of wildlife that has endangered many species and is threatening the ecosystems of Pakistan.
Pakistan Wetlands Programme WWF and PMNH arranged this training opportunity for customs authorities and other wildlife law enforcement agencies involved in controlling illegal wildlife trade from ports and exit points in Pakistan.
Some important recommendations include publishing the identification guidebook of wildlife and the important laws, acts and CITES obligation to control illegal trade should be included as a component of customs training manual and other enforcement agencies, need to build capacity of enforcement agencies for effective control on illegal trade, creating linkages and effective coordination between wildlife experts and customs to solve illegal issues, wildlife counters should be established at all ports of exit and entry points and warning notices should be visible on the pattern of other prohibited items like weapons and narcotics in collaboration with Pakistan Customs, national level awareness raising campaigns should be organized, there should be effective coordination with international organizations to control wildlife crimes for this TRAFFIC Office should be opened in Pakistan.
Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Prof Dr Manzoor H Soomro inaugurated the workshop as a Chief Guest, Dr Syed Azhar Hasan (PMNH) distributed the certificates at the closing ceremony where Richard Garstang CTA, DIG Forest Dr Shahzad Jahangir and other prominent experts graced the event. Dr Masood Arshad and Dr M. Rafiq thanked the session.
This training is the first of its kind in the country and will be helpful for conservation of biodiversity of Pakistan by controlling illegal trade of wildlife species now reaching to billions of dollars.
Thanks and Regards,
For more information: Please Contact
Nasir Iqbal Malik
Coordinator, Awareness Raising and Communication
Pakistan Wetlands Programme WWF
House No. 62, St. No. 25, Sector F-10/1, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel. +92 (051) 211 4125-29
Fax. +92 (051) 211 4130
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