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WWF-Pakistan conclude straining workshop for law-enforcement agencies to combat illegal wildlife trafficking

Posted on 28 January 2016

Lahore,A two-day workshop conducted by WWF-Pakistan, aiming to train representatives of law-enforcement agencies to combat the illegal wildlife trade in Pakistan concluded today. The event was organised with the financial support of USAID through its Small Grants Ambassador Fund Program. A total of 23 representatives of lawenforcement bodies from the Punjab Wildlife Department, Pakistan Customs, Civil Aviation Authority, Punjab Police as well as Rescue 1122, and logistic operators including DHL participated in the event.

The workshop facilitators included experts from the Ministry of Climate Change, Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department, Virtual University as well as WWF-Pakistan. They shed light on various aspects of illegal wildlife trade, its scale and different forms in which this trade occurs globally. Participants also received hands-on training on the basic skills to rescue and handle confiscated wildlife. Another session focused onfamiliarizing participants with species that are in high demand, the modes in which they are traded and identification of the species. Experts also shared international regulations and national and provincial laws governing wildlife trade such as CITES and the Pakistan Wild Trade Control of Wild Flora and Fauna Act, 2012, etc...with participants.

Speaking during the concluding session of the workshop, Zahid Bhatti, Deputy Director, Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department, appreciated this effort as a stepping stone to curbing wildlife crimes in the country. Khizer Gillani, Field Operation Officer Punjab, USAID Small Grants and Ambassador Fund Program, acknowledged the fact that such events provide an excellent platform to the relevant departments together to explore synergies and gap areas for further improvement.

This workshop is part of the consultative and training series, which are being conducted as part of the project Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade by Establishing a National Monitoring Network that Benefits Local Communities and Environment, supported by the USAID through its Small Grants Ambassador Fund Program, to develop a national level strategy to combat illegal wildlife trade and build capacity of the relevant lawenforcement agencies in Pakistan.


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