ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan said in his message on World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) that it is a duty of every individual to protect the environment and work for the protection of migratory birds.
He added that it is dire need to create awareness regarding environment and specially raise voice for the protection of Migratory Bird, adding that ecological importance and need for international cooperation to work for these species.
Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan said that the “World Migratory Bird Day” aims are to raise voice for the protection of birds across the Globe.
The Federal Minister informed that every year people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate the day.
He also highlighted that World Migratory Bird Day activities take place in many different countries including Pakistan and places across the globe – united by a common campaign and theme.
He added that this April, some of the greatest minds of the conservation world including Pakistan assemble at a global summit in Abu Dhabi, to discuss the threatening our migratory birds.
He added that Migratory birds don’t have an easy life: They have to run the gauntlet of illegal hunting / killing, wind turbines, pollution and panoply of other threats, adding that Pakistan is committed to tackle the threats facing by migratory birds.
He further informed that Pakistan is located on a cross road of bird migrations which is called Central Asian Flyway (CAF) connecting Central Asia to Indian Ocean. CAF mainly falls in Indus Plains in Pakistan is followed by a number of wintering birds during their migration from Central Asia to subcontinent.
He further informed that around 668 bird species are reported in Pakistan which includes both resident and migratory species. All important migratory birds species are” Protected” under respective provincial wildlife legislations and its hunting, killing and capturing is completely banned.
He added that Pakistan is taking initiatives to conserve wildlife in Pakistan that includes revival of Wildlife Resources in Pakistan.