Rich biodiversity of Chitral has the potential of promoting
eco-tourism........ Maghfirat Shah
CHITRAL: District nazim Chitral Maghfirat shah has said that
the rich biodiversity of Chitral has the potential of promoting
eco-tourism as the sighting of Kashmir markhor, snow leopard,
Himalayan ibex in its natural habitat is the dream which a tourist
can long for.
Addressing at the certificate distribution ceremony of wildlife
department on the completion of its capacity building training for
its field staff including watchers and rangers, he said that God
the district with rich biodiversity which can be used for doing
away with poverty and unemployment.
Mr. Shah said that there are many countries whose economy derived
its strength from tourism and natural resource management and
Chitral district can also produce local resources to meet its
development needs if the resources are harnessed to its full.
He said that the district government was fully awakened to the
situation and it had developed a vision to make its people
prosperous and the area developed by efficient management of
The district nazim appreciated the role of wildlife department in
containing the population of kashmir markhor, snow leopard and many
decaying species of mammals and birds from going extinct from
He asked the field staff of wildlife department to discharge their
duties with full devotion as they were the custodians of the most
precious asset and heritage of the nation in the form of wild
He assured them that realizing their difficulties and hardships, he
will try to provide them with all necessities for the performance
of their duties which included the protection of wild animals from
the poachers at the risk of their lives.
Earlier, the divisional forest officer of wildlife Division
Chitral, Imtiaz Hussain said that during the capacity building
workshop, the field staff were made acquainted with the details of
the recently enacted wildlife and biodiversity Act 2015.
He said that the staff were also trained on different stages of
prosecution as per the new laws so that the poachers of wild
animals and those involved in inflicting loss on the biodiversity.
He said that the new set of laws had increased the field of duties
and responsibilities of the wildlife department as previously it
was only wildlife act but now it couples the biodiversity as well.