Famous  Houbara Bustard (c) WWF-Pakistan

Position Papers

WWF-Pakistan supports policy makers, government offices, civil and animal rights activists and law makers by preparing in-depth best practice guidelines. Our work with species, communities, climate change mitigation, sustainable agriculture, market transformation, corporate relations and environmental education is shared through detailed position paper with all to present a clear and directed approach towards these issues.

These guidelines and position papers are available in this section for the benefit and awareness of all.

Zoos and Animals in Captivity

WWF primarily focuses its work on in situ conservation of species, i.e. in their natural habitat. However, we view zoos (often considered ex situ) as important facilities to promote conservation and biodiversity awareness among the public. WWF strongly believe that animals should have good welfare standards and promote a positive image among the visiting public.

WWF regards compliance with national, regional and local legislation and regulations and adherence to the provisions of the Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and World Zoo Conservation Strategy, as a minimum standard of conduct.

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Dolphin Shows

Detailed assessments have proven that the cetacean (order of mammals include whales, dolphins and porpoises) population in the Sindh-Balochistan waters is considerably healthy and consists of 12 species of marine dolphins and whales. All cetacean species are endangered, throughout the world, the numbers of whales and dolphins has declined, not withstanding their popularity. This paper was compiled in response to the then planned dolphin shows in Karachi. It is not the best way to offer people a chance at joy and fun, and neither is this a new form of entertainment for there are better ways to provide diversity from routine life in Pakistan.

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Big Cats

Acquisition and management of big cats (lions, tigers, leopards etc.,) is a critical issue that demands undivided attention. This position paper was specifically compiled after the death of a white tiger that was used as a mascot at a political rally in May, 2013.

Position Paper
Guidelines for the Acquisition and Management of Felids (Big Cats) in captivity, Ministry of Climate Change
Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fauna and Flora Act, 2012

Climate Change Mitigation

Climate change mitigation is an urgent need in light of the fact that Pakistan is the third most vulnerable country to climate change according to the global Climate Change Index.

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Development on Ecologically Important Sites

Ecologically important sites serve as sanctuaries for biodiversity and human communities who live in harmony with nature. Unchecked and unnecessary development is a hazard to them.
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Hunting of Houbara Bustard

WWF-Pakistan does not support the hunting of houbara under the current scenario and remains steadfastly supportive of strictly implementing all provincial/territorial wildlife legislation, national and international policies, and obligations following a scientific approach to maintaining its population in Pakistan.

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