A survey has been launched by the Ministry of Climate Change, in collaboration with global wildlife organizations to prepare the first ‘Red Data List’ of threatened animal species in Pakistan.
Earlier, there was a lack of adequate data available in this regard, which was an obstacle in implementing policies and initiating concrete efforts for these species conservation and protection.
According to the authorities, the new Red data list will help in the conservation of endangered species.
The new Red Data List, according to authorities, will help conservation organizations work efficiently for the welfare of the endangered species.
While speaking with media persons, the Ministry of Climate Change secretary Hassan Nasir Jami said, “The ‘Pakistan Red Data List’ will be the most comprehensive record of the wildlife plants, animals, and other organisms. Based on a scientific study acceptable worldwide, the red list will help guide and boost actions for the conservation and protection of wildlife.”
He said that worldwide recognized criteria will be implemented to collect data for an effective evaluation of the extinction risk of endangered species.
Mohammad Suleman Khan Warraich, the Acting Inspector General Forest at the ministry spoke on the occasion and informed that almost 50 scientists and biodiversity experts, researchers, surveyors, the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF), Zoological Survey of Pakistan, and Wildlife Conservation Society Pakistan will be working on this project.
Teams will visit various parts of Pakistan to conduct the survey of existing wild animals, plants and other organisms.
“They were trained on the use of methodologies and appropriate survey tools and techniques for conducting accurate surveys of wild plants and animals.”