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Green Journalist Award has been launched for the year 2015-16

The Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has taken an initiative to encourage journalists for enhancing wildlife conservation awareness among masses through their features/articles/writings and reports. In this context Green Journalist Award has been launched under the "Conservation Education and Awareness Campaign" for the year 2015-16, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes amounting to Rs.20000/-, Rs.15000/- and Rs.10000/- respectively. For the purpose of evaluation of the awareness material, the following criteria will be adopted;
  1. Articles, features poems etc of a journalist relating to wildlife and biodiversity published in local/national English or Urdu newspapers.
  2. Reports, news flashed on electronic media about wildlife, biodiversity and environment.
  3. Online entries will also be considered.
  4. The features/articles poems published or reports/new flashed from July 2015 to 10th May 2016 which shall reach this office before 15th May 2016 will be considered for the competition.
  5. Both soft and hard copies of published/news materials must be sent to Wildlife Department on email extensionpeshawar@vahoo.com and postal address "Divisional Forest Officer Wildlife Extension Wildlife Department, Forest Offices Complex, Shami, Road Peshawar".
  6. The contestant candidates must maintain separate record of their material relating to work/contributions.
  7. A departmental committee will assess the material and decide about the position holders.
  8. The original material will carry double value as compared to copied text.
  9. The candidates must provide their postal address, email address contact numbers, etc

Divisional Forest Officer
Extension Wildlife Division
Peshawar
Address: Forest Offices Shami Road Peshawar.
Ph: 091- 9213112 Fax No.091- 9212090

Mr. Azhar-ul-Islam, General Manager Muslim Commercial Bank, visited the Wildlife Department

Mr. Azhar-ul-Islam, General Manager Muslim Commercial Bank, visited the Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and met with Chief Conservator Wildlife who briefed him about wildlife conservation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Chief Conservator showed him the Wildlife Museum and Library at the wildlife head office. He showed keen interest and appreciated the efforts made for wildlife conservation in the province. The guest was presented wildlife shield and awareness materials.

The Wildlife Department organized one day workshop on 27th August 2015 at Peshawar in collaboration with the Forum of Zoologist Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The Wildlife Department organized one day workshop on 27th August 2015 at Peshawar in collaboration with the Forum of Zoologist Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an objective to create and maintain a platform of Zoologists in various colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa so as to strengthen Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Education and Awareness Program in Colleges in addition to the School Nature Clubs established already in the Province. With the help of this workshop the wildlife department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will extend its Awareness Program to the Colleges by establishing a platform with the help of the forum of Zoologists. During the workshop experts shared their valuable experiences and suggestions to strengthen awareness programs at College level. Chief Conservator Wildlife, Mr. Safdar Ali Shah, made a comprehensive presention about the Wildlife conservation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In this Provincial Workshop lecturers and professors of various Colleges participated to enlist support for effective implementation of awareness programs for students in their respective Colleges. Besides, the wildlife department is implementing several activities to ensure protection, preservation, conservation and management of wildlife in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. One of the mandates of the Wildlife Department is to promote conservation education and awareness in the province among different target groups. An exercise was conducted among the participants to explore modalities of strengthening the coordination among the Wildlife Department and forum of Zoologists, for effective sensitization of student as future assets.

Endangered Pangolin Rescued and released.

On 17/08/2015 early in the morning the newly selected District member of union counsel Landiwa District Lakki Marwat Mr. Abdul Haleem informed the DFO Wildlife Bannu that a unique animal has been entered in the home of Mr. Azim Khan duringthe night time by making hole in the boundry wall. He further told that the animal is looking dangerous and the villagers are trying to kill it. After getting information the undersigned along with Range Officer Crane Center and Lakki Marwat and other staff proceeded to Landiwa. While reaching there a huge crowd of villagers were gathered around the pangolin. The Wildlife Staffimmediately taken the pangolin in safe custody and kept it in the government vehicle. The undersigned thanked the District Member Mr. Abdul Haleem Khan for providing well in time information regarding the trapped pangolin and cooperation with the Wildlife Department. Also briefed the locals and highlighted the characteristics of pangolin. The DFO told them that pangolin is apparently looking dangerous but it is innocent and not harmful to human. They were told that pangolin has been declared as endangered species by CITIES and it is also protected under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife and Biodiversity(Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Management) Act, 2015. Later on the pangolin was brought to the Wildlife Park Lakki Marwat in safe custody and taken its body measurement. Its length was 04 feet and breadth was 02 feet. After this along with Wildlife staff, Mr. Abdul Haleem Khan District Member Landiwa, Mr. Munawar Khan District Member Pahar Khel Thal and Mr. Ghulam Mursalin Khan Marwat Media reporter proceeded to Chikar Wanda area and release the said pangolin in its natural habitat. Also gave detail briefing to the media representatives highlighted the status and distribution, morphology, behavior, feed, and breeding etc of the pangolin. They were also told about the various threats due to which the pangolin is going to extinction. At the end the DFO Wildlife Bannu once again thanked the participants for their cooperation and sparing time to attend the event of pangolin release in its natural habitat.

Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Distributed the Green Journalist Awards

The Wildlife Department had announced the Green Journalist Award competition among the journalists etc for 2014-15. The deadline for the competition was 10th May 2015. During the period five candidates applied whose entries were evaluated using point matrix criteria. The following winners of the competition were awarded certificates, shields, and cash prizes on 17th June 2015. 1. Waqar Fanni (working for Nawai Waqt) 2. Adeel Saeed (Working for APP) 3. Waqar Ahmad Awan (Working for Daily Aeen)

Proceedings in brief

  1. After introduction of the participants DFO Wildlife Extension welcome all the participants and briefly highlighted the background of the green journalist award and later a detailed presentation was made about wildlife conservation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  2. Exchange of ideas took place with the participants who expressed that they will keep the tempo for writing about wildlife conservation.
  3. The winners were also distributed set of awareness and publicity materials.
  4. The Participants were also shown wildlife museum and library.

One day Provincial Workshop for the Local Communities held on 11th June 2015

TCommunity participation in wildlife conservation has been one of the tools to enlist support of local communities in participatory management of wildlife resources. Realizing the fact that the local communities serve as the immediate custodians of the resources, the Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has ensured community participation in wildlife conservation over the province. Developmental schemes are being implemented for effective management of the wildlife and habitat through active support of the local communities. Community meetings and trainings are also ensured to strengthen community participation effectively. To this effect the Wildlife Department held one day provincial workshop for the local communities under the project “Protection and Management of Game Reserves in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” on 11th June 2015 at Shami Road Peshawar. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Safdar Ali Shah, Chief Conservator Wildlife Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who made a detailed presentation on “Community Participation in Wildlife Conservation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”. The project is being implemented in five wildlife divisions of the Wildlife Department. Under the project 20 sties are managed with active support of the local communities. Two representatives from each project site attended the workshop along with their respective Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Wildlife. Each DFO Wildlife made a presentation with respect to their specific activities carried out in the field by sharing the progress and achievements. Involving the representatives of the local communities group work exercise was done to identify problems and solutions in the local context. During the workshop detailed discussion was held among the wildlife officers and the representatives of the local communities on various matters pertaining to wildlife management.

Celebration of International Day on Biological Diversity 22nd May, 2015

TOne of the several environmental days, the International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated the world over on 22nd May each year with an objective to raise awareness about importance of Biodiversity and the emerging threats it faces owing to the poaching, trade, lack of awareness, over exploitation, habitat loss, and climate change all over the world. The theme for celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity was “Sustainable Development”. With the potential to uplift cultures and boost local economies through sustainable development opportunities, biodiversity is a key element to poverty alleviation as it provides indispensable goods and services including timber, food, medicine, climate and water regulation, fiber besides recreational and aesthetic values. The dire need is to promote economic growth and social development without registering irreparable loss to biodiversity and the environment. The Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity with the help of its field formations in the province with an objective to raise awareness about the important role of biodiversity and the threats it confronts owing to the unsustainable use of biological resources. Understanding the important role of biodiversity and the functions and services it provides, various target groups were involved in celebration of the event especially the students and teachers at the grass root level. Apart from the functions, wildlife lectures were delivered to students at various schools in the province. In addition to it, the Extension Wildlife Division also conducted excursions for students to wildlife potential areas on different days. The students were provided opportunities of field observations. In this context Four excursions were arranged for the local schools to Sherabad Pheasantry, where they were shown different birds present at the pheasantry. The students were also briefed about biodiversity conservation and role of students in its conservation. Major events were celebrated in the following Wildlife Divisions of the province. 1. Swat Wildlife Division 2. Extension Wildlife Division 3. Mardan Wildlife Division

Safdar Ali Shah has assumed the charge of the office of the Chief Conservator Wildlife Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Safdar Ali Shah has assumed the charge of the office of the Chief Conservator Wildlife Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 08-04-2015 after transfer of Syed Mubarak Ali Shah to Forest Development Corporation as Managing Director. He assures that the days to come will open new avenues to meet the growing expectations of general public and conservationists for conservation and sustainable management of the Wildlife resources. mote awareness about wildlife and its importance among masses at a large scale.


World Wildlife Day celebrated on 3rd March 2015

The Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa celebrated the World Wildlife Day on 3rd March at Wildlife Auditorium, Shami Road, Peshawar with an objective to promote conservation awareness among different target groups. The Chief Guest of the function was Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq, Minister for Forestry, Environment, and Wildlife Department. Students and faculty of Zoology Department University of Peshawar, Environmental Science Department University of Peshawar, and Pakistan Forest Institute besides government officers and officials, reporters, teachers, and other people belonging to different walks of life participated in the function.

Syed Mubarik Ali Shah, Chief Conservator Wildlife Department, highlighted importance of celebrating the World Wildlife Day, achievements of the wildlife department for protection, preservation, conservation, and management of wildlife in the province.

The chief guest expressed his views that wildlife needs special attention because it is our living partner on planet earth and conservation of wildlife is our joint responsibility. He said that the current government has approved a PC 1 of worth Rs. 712 million for effective management of the existing six national parks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He further said that a zoo is being established in the province which will promote love for wildlife among people besides providing educational, recreational, and research opportunities.

Students of Environmental Science and Zoology Departments made speeches on the occasions for sensitization about wildlife and biodiversity conservation. On the occasion awareness messages, printed on school notebooks, were displayed before the participants. Moreover, public service messages were also screened in the function that the wildlife department has prepared for mass awareness.

Advertisement was also published in the daily Mashriq and daily Aaj regarding the World Wildlife Day.

Similar events were held in different parts of the province in connection with celebration of the World Wildlife Day to promote awareness about wildlife and its importance among masses at a large scale.


Two precious falcons released in the air

The two saker falcons that were confiscated by DFO Wildlife Bannu, were released in the air on 20th February 2015 by the Chief Conservator Wildlife at Golf Ground Peshawar presence of the wildlife officers and officials besides other people present at the time of the release.

The staff of the Bannu Wildlife Division had confiscated the falcons and the smugglers were fined by the honorable court an amount of Rs. 35000/-. The wildlife staff is very vigilant to curb illegal wildlife trade in the province.


Ban on crane hunting imposed

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has imposed complete ban on hunting of cranes in all forms including live catching in the province since 26th September 2014. The ban has been imposed to provide protection to these migratory birds that migrate from Central Asian countries in autumn.


Provincial Assembly Wildlife Act 2015

The Provincial Assembly has passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife and Biodiversity (Protection, Preservation, Conservation, and Management) Act, 2015 on 5th January 2015 to meet the emerging challenges in the field of biodiversity conservation in the province. The commitment and efforts of the present government has set a new course of action for the effective management of biodiversity in the province through enactment of new legislation. Approval of the long awaited Wildlife Bill to strengthen wildlife and biodiversity conservation in the province is a milestone achievement of the present government. In fact the Wildlife Act, 2015 encompasses new concepts in wildlife conservation that needed to be essentially addressed since 1975. The main features of the Wildlife Act, 2015 include the establishment of Biodiversity and Wildlife Fund which will be administered by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife and Biodiversity Board for fulfillment of the needs and requirements of the Protected Areas in general and National Parks in particular. Similarly, the participatory management of wildlife and biodiversity in National Parks, and other protected areas has been ensured which has been linked with Wildlife and Biodiversity Board. The outdated Act 1975 has no provision for managing pheasantries and aviaries; Wildlife farming; controlling invasive and alien species; dealing in wildlife produce; Climate Change; desertification; research and education. Such provisions have been added in the new Act. Moreover, new conservation concepts and approaches as enunciated in various International Conventions, Agreements and Treaties have been addressed in the Wildlife Act 2015. Penalties have been rationalized as per circumstances, gravity of offences and change in monetary values. New categories of protected areas have been added to cover the various scenarios. One of the salient features of the Wildlife Act 2015 is that the Wildlife Department has been declared as a Force for efficient and effective management of the Wildlife and Biodiversity of the province. Download


Wildlife Club

The Wildlife Department protects, preserves, conserves, and manages the Wildlife in the Province through a number of proactive measures. Community participation program which is one of the conservation tools has been effective in conserving Wildlife in different geographical areas of the Province.

To provide a platform for effective management of the Wildlife stock the Wildlife Department has planned to form a Wildlife Club in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa comprising of individuals and Organizations having birds and wild animals in possession. This will help in developing a database of Wildlife Club members by enabling them to share and provide technical assistance to each other and maintaining their facilities effectively.

Objectives:

  1. To provide platform for Wildlife lovers to share information and maintain proper record of species for developing reliable database.
  2. To create a sense of ownership among Wildlife lovers and coordinate the efforts for Wildlife Conservation.
  3. To provide technical support to Wildlife lovers for efficient management of captive species.
  4. To preserve genetic diversity by establishing linkages among Wildlife lovers.

The Wildlife Club members will;

  1. Knowledge sharing.
  2. Exchange various types of birds and animals as provided under the law.
  3. Maintain proper record of birds and animals.
  4. Coordinate with Wildlife Department to ensure conservation of Wildlife resources.
  5. Register their birds and animals with Wildlife Department.
  6. Submit comprehensive report on annual basis including mortality, sale, chicks and eggs production and record of parent stock.
  7. Provide photo album.
  8. Deposit a membership fee of Rs.1000/- annually.
  9. Provide personal profile along with CNIC and other testimonials for database and record.

GENERAL:

  1. No TA/DA will be provided to member for attending meeting/function.
  2. Membership fee will be used for membership card, education material, literature, refreshment and certificates.
  3. Membership will be renewed in January each year and fresh members may be enrolled any time.

Download Proforma for Wildlife Club Member

Divisional Forest Officer
Extension Wildlife Division
Peshawar
Address: Forest Offices Shami Road Peshawar. Ph: 091-9211479, 9213112
Fax No.091- 9212090


Green Journalist Award

The role of journalists through their writings and contributions is obvious for change in society. Their positive role in promotion of awareness and sensitization toward wildlife conservation among the masses in the current environmental scenario becomes more desirable. As print and electronic media has a wide range of readers and viewers their efforts in promoting conservation awareness is indispensable.


The Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has taken an initiative to encourage journalists for their role in enhancing awareness among masses through their features/articles/writings and reports. In this context green journalist award is being launched under the "Conservation Education and Awareness Campaign" for the year 2014-15, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes amounting to Rs.20000/-, Rs. 15000/- and Rs. 10000/- respectively. For the purpose of evaluation of the awareness material, the following criteria will be adopted;

  1. Articles, features etc of a journalist relating to wildlife and biodiversity published in local/national English or Urdu newspapers.
  2. Reports, news flashed on electronic media about wildlife, biodiversity and environment.
  3. The features/articles published or reports/new flashed from July 2014 to 10th May 2015 which shall reach this office before 15th May 2015 will be considered for the competition.
  4. Both soft and hard copies of published/news materials must be sent to Wildlife Department on email extensionpeshawar(a)vahoo.com and postal address "Divisional Forest Officer Wildlife Extension Wildlife Department, Forest Offices Complex, Shami, Road Peshawar".
  5. The contestant candidates must maintain separate record of their material relating to work/contributions.
  6. A departmental committee will assess the material and decide about the position holders.
  7. The original material will carry double value as compared to copied text.
  8. The candidates must provide their postal address, email address contact numbers, etc

Divisional Forest Officer
Extension Wildlife Division
Peshawar
Address: Forest Offices Shami Road Peshawar. Ph: 091-9211479, 9213112
Fax No.091- 9212090

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