Concerted efforts needed to protect Markhor, other species for sustainable future: PM

  • Calls on Pakistanis, international community to reaffirm commitment to environmental conservation
  • Says significant increase in Markhor population a testimony to Pakistan’s dedication to protecting natural environment

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has stressed the need for concerted efforts to protect the national animal of Pakistan and other species which enrich the planet’s biodiversity.

As the country observed the first International Day of Markhor on Friday (May 24), the prime minister, in his message to the nation said, “Let us work together to protect not only the Markhor but all species that enrich our planet’s biodiversity. By doing so, we secure a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Premier Shehbaz Sharif called upon all Pakistanis and the international community to reaffirm their commitment to environmental conservation.

“Today, as we celebrate the first International Day of the Markhor, the national animal of Pakistan, we take pride in the majestic creature that symbolizes our rich natural heritage,” he remarked.

The prime minister said that the Markhor, with its unique corkscrew-shaped horns, represented Pakistan’s commitment to preserving biodiversity and maintaining ecological balance.

He said the day, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on May 2nd, 2024, acknowledged the nation’s efforts and successes in wildlife conservation.

Prime Minister Shehbaz said that the significant increase in the Markhor population over the past decade was a testimony to Pakistan’s dedication to protecting its natural environment.

He said that the country’s conservation programs, supported by local communities and guided by scientific research, had shown that with collective effort, the decline of endangered species can be reversed.

“Pakistan, as a committed signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), proudly announced its significant elevation to CITES Category I. This elevation is a testament to the nation’s unwavering dedication to wildlife conservation and the sustainable management of our natural resources.”

He said that the country’s exclusive legislation, the Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fauna and Flora Act, 2012, underscored its commitment to responsible trade practices and the well-being of endangered species.

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