ISLAMABAD, Jan 5 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 05th Jan, 2017 ) : Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid on Thursday directed the authorities concerned that issues of Zoological Survey of Pakistan (ZSP) should be resolved on immediate basis for improving its workings. The functions of ZSP includes conducting regular surveys, research and publish information on distribution, population dynamics and status of fauna of Pakistan. The minister was chairing a meeting held here and was attended by Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Ahmed Abu Akif, Joint Secretary Muhammad Farooq and other senior officials.
The minister was briefed that there is no current encroachment in the area of Zoological Survey of Pakistan while recruitment process of director of Zoological Survey is under process through Federal Public Services Commission (FPSC). The Zoological Survey, an attached department of Ministry of Climate Change also facilitates implementation of law on international trade of endangered species through reliable census and provide data and information for reporting to wildlife related conventions.
The major achievements of ZSP in 2016 included studies on fauna of Protected Areas i.e. Machiara National Park, Ayubia National Park and Chumbi Surla Wildlife Sanctuaries, studies on threatened species i.e. Punjab Urial, Blue bull and Wooly flying squirrel,mid-winter Waterfowl Census of major wetlands of Punjab, Sindh and KP,surveys of economically important faunal species such as Parrots, Falcons, Pangolin, Freshwater turtles, etc. used in international wildlife trade,status and threats to Globally threatened Marbled Teal in Sindh , reconnaissance Survey of Freshwater Turtles in Kabul River and Indus River System in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and printing of awareness material on Pangolin.