PESHAWAR: The Ministry of Climate Change has launched the ‘Pakistan Red Data List’ project to compile details of wildlife species fighting for the survival in the country.

According to a report published in Dawn newspaper, the secretary of the ministry Hassan Nisar Jami said that due to the lack of essential details about wildlife species, authorities are facing serious difficulties to protect Wildlife.

Jami said that for the first time in the history of the country, details of endangered species are being collected in collaboration with international wildlife organizations.

According to officials, the Pakistan Red Data List will include details related to wildlife plants, animals and other organisms. The data will be accepted worldwide and in this context other important issues including wildlife conservation and breeding will be able to take action.

Acting Inspector General of Forests and Pakistan Red List Team Leader Muhammad Suleiman Warraich said that 50 wildlife scientists, researchers, university students, WWF, Zoological Survey of Pakistan and Wildlife Conservation Society have been asked to participate in the survey. Teams of experts will gather information on rare wildlife, plants and other organisms from different parts of the country, he said.

He said the government would not allow hunting of animals until the survey was completed as there was clear evidence that many other animals, including Markhor, had become rare and despite that there is pressure on the government from the provinces to increase the quota of Markhor hunting from 12 to more than 20.

Earlier in April this year, a survey report released by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department said that most of the wildlife species in Pakistan are found in KP, but due to climate change, the species is endangered and fighting for survival. “Birds, animals and plants used in various medicines are becoming rare in the province,” the report has said.

According to Dr Kamran Hussain, coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Peshawar, the main reason for such a wide variety of wildlife in the province is its geographical features.

He said that the high mountains and the glaciers, the presence of hot humid areas, the abundance of barren, rain-fed and fertile lands are the guarantors of all kinds of habitats for wildlife.
However, he said that due to climate change, increase in temperature and population and unwise use of natural resources, they are gradually losing their breeding ground and habitat.

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