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WWF-Pakistan participates in a regional symposium on vulture conservation in Asia

Posted on 31 May 2016

Karachi, 31 May: A regional symposium on vulture conservation in Asia and the third meeting of the Pakistan National Recovery Committee was organized by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 30-31 May, 2016, in Karachi.

Dr. Uzma Khan, Director Species Conservation, WWF-Pakistan gave a virtual presentation on WWF-Pakistan's initiatives regarding conservation of vultures in Pakistan. Representatives from other South Asian countries including India, Nepal and Bangladesh also participated in the event and gave detailed updates on their conservation efforts in saving the critically endangered Gyps species of vultures in their respective countries.

The critically endangered Oriental white-backed vulture (gyps bengalensis) and long-billed vulture (gyps indicus) have declined across most of their range by over 95 per cent since the mid-1990s mainly due to the ingestion of livestock carcasses containing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). WWF-Pakistan initiated the Gyps Vulture Restoration Project (GVRP) in 2005, which involves both through in-situ and ex-situ conservation.

Gyps Vulture Conservation Facility in Changa Manga Forest Reserve is the only ex-situ conservation initiative in Pakistan, which is dedicated to holding a safe population of vultures with a potential to breed. Similarly, the in-situ conservation in Nagar Parker, Sindh integrates conservation research, advocacy, community empowerment and awareness to ensure a viable population of remaining vultures in the wild. WWF-Pakistan, as part of this initiative established a Vulture Safe Zone (VSZ) in 2012, which covers an area of 100 km in the remote area of Nagar Parkar, Sindh which hosts the remaining breeding population of white-backed and long-billed vultures in the wild.

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