Frequently Asked Questions

 

Forest

Wildlife

Fisheries

Why is the forest area not increasing despite of planting millions of plants every year? Top
Punjab Forest Department is planting millions of plants every year but forests are declining day by day. In Pakistan, forests constitute 5% of the total area of the country whereas Punjab Forest Department has only 3% tree cover in comparison to world standards of 25% Forest Land. As these forests are providing fire wood and timber to fulfill the demand of the country, so millions of trees are being cut and millions new saplings are being planted every year. As far as public forests are concerned, no new land has been added to it, so it is out of question to increase the tree cover in the country in this manner.
   
Is it true that forest fires occur due to Forest officials/ officers who try to hide their corruption? Top
It is not true. Forest fire is a natural phenomenon and is very common in Forests of USA and other advance / developed countries too but frequency of such fires is very low in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab province. Forest fires have a lot of benefits but if they are uncontrollable, it causes huge damages to trees and properties.
   
How can Punjab Forest Department play a vital role in pollution control? Top
Air pollution is due to gases emitted from factories, industries etc which can only be absorbed by the trees by acting as sinks of carbon dioxide from air and producing oxygen to maintain the balance of gases in the atmosphere. The trees also play vital role in controlling of noise pollution, water pollution etc. Not only is the balance of gases kept constant but green house gas, CO2, is sequestered by forest trees and helps to combat global warming.  
   
Does Forest Department provide free of cost plants to the public? Top
Forest Department is continuously supplying plants on subsidized rates, particularly to the tree growers and free of cost to Education and Defense Departments.  
   
How successful is the extension and publicity section of the Punjab Forest Department and what goals has it attained? Top
The impact and increase of forest cover in Punjab on private lands and agriculture lands are quite visible according to the third party evaluation conducted by the PERI (1999-2000) Punjab Economic Research Institute Lahore where it was revealed that now the 17 trees are present per acres on farm lands where as it was 3 trees per acre at the time of independence in 1947. It is all due to Extension and Publicity Wing of the Punjab Forest Department.  
   
How heavy is the fine for wood theft? Top
The rates of the fine have been increased after the amendment of Forest Act 1927 during 2010.  
   
Does the department give incentives to dedicated and honest Foresters? Top
Yes, it is prevailing in the department in the shape of appreciation and honourariam  
   
Do foresters take part in International Conferences/Seminars and what steps does the department take to promote such activities? Top
Yes, the department send the officers abroad whenever any offer is  received from the Federal Government and Administrative Department nominate on merits.  
   
We want to establish private wildlife breeding farm. What are the pre-requisites? Top
The pre-requisites are
  • Application
  • Copy of CNIC
  • Ownership (Fard Malkiat Original)
  • Layout Plan
  • Oath on Judicial Paper
  • Deposit Prescribed Fee in State Bank of  Pakistan after Approval
 
   
What is the procedure to import / export wild animals / birds? Top
Application mentioning Wildlife Species to be imported / exported, along with:
  • Copy of CNIC
  • 8 Passport Size Photographs
  • Further Action by Department / NCCW, Islamabad in case of International Import / Export
  • Registration with NCCW, Islamabad in case of Commercial Import / Export (more than 10   animals / birds)
  • Registration with Chamber of Commerce for Commercial Import / Export
  • NTN Certificate
  • Deposit Prescribed Fee in State Bank of  Pakistan after Approval
 
   
How can I / we apply for possession licence? Top
Application mentioning Wildlife Species for which possession licence is applied for along with:
  • Copy of CNIC
  • 2 Passport Size Photographs
  • Deposit Prescribed Fee in State Bank of  Pakistan after Approval
 
   
What are the pre-requisites to establish a game reserve in private sector? Top
  • Application
  • Copy of CNIC
  • Ownership (Fard Malkiat Original)
  • Layout plan / Boundary demarcation
  • Management Plan
  • Deposit Prescribed Fee in State Bank of  Pakistan after Approval
 
   
Have notifications for partridges / duck shooting issued? Top
Please contact with Assistant Director Wildlife Planning on following Phone: (042) 99213408 or visit our notifications.  
   
Which species can we hunt during hunting season? Top
Please find out the 1st schedule under Punjab Wildlife Act.  
   
Which areas / tehsils are open for partridges shooting? Top
Please contact with Assistant Director Wildlife Planning on following Phone: (042) 99213408 or visit our notifications.  
   
What is procedure to get a special permit for shooting in a game reserve? Top
Following are the requirements to get special permit for shooting in a game reserve:
  • Application
  • Copy of CNIC
  • Proposed area for shooting
  • 3 Passport Size Photographs
  • Deposit Prescribed Fee in State Bank of  Pakistan after Approval
 
   
Is surplus stock of  (animals / birds) species available with the Department for sale? Top
Please contact with Assistant Director Wildlife Planning on following Phone: (042) 99213408  
   
What action is initiated against illegal hunting? Top
Following are the penalties on illegal hunting / possessions:
  • Any provision of sections, 9,10,11,12,13, 14,15, 20 and 28 shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years or with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees nor more than fifteen thousand rupees or with both,along with confiscation of the weapon and suspension of licence or permit for a period of five years.
  • Any provision of sections 16, 16-A, 17, 18 and 18-A shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year nor  more than five years or with fine which shall not be less than twenty thousand rupees nor more than thirty thousand rupees or wit both, along with confiscation of the weapon, vehicle or any other article used in such contravention.
  • Any provision of this Act or any rule for the contravention of which no specific penalty is   provided shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten months or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees or with both.
 
   
What research / training facilities are available for Students and Research Scholars? Top
Punjab Wildlife Research Centre, Gatwala, Faisalabad
Office Block  2  (4500 Sft each)
Auditorium Seating capacity for 200 Persons
Library With more than 2000 books on Wildlife and Forestry
Laboratory Fully equipped
 
Wildlife Training School, Pirowal, Khanewal
Training School  In service training of Officers / Officials
Hostel  12 Rooms
 
   
What is the status of Wildlife in Punjab? Top
Wildlife is an integral part of Eco-system. Overall status of wildlife in Punjab Provinces is satisfactory.  
   
How can we  participate in Trophy Hunting Programme of the Department? Top
Please find the Trophy Hunting Rules from Laws and Rules.  
   
What recreational facilities are available at Zoos / Wildlife Parks? Top
Adequate recreation facilities have been provided at all Zoos / Wildlife Parks.  
   
What are rates (Entry & Parking)? Top
Entry / Parking is free for all Wildlife Parks, however, nominal fee is charged from the visitors. rate list  
   
Is there any package for students / families at Wildlife Parks / Zoos? Top
No, there is no package for students / families.  
   
Has ban on falcon netting and possession of partridges lifted? Top
No, there is still ban on falcon netting and possession of grey and black partridges.  
   
How Wildlife Department can help farmers in vertebrate pest control? Top
Please visit Punjab Wildlife Research Centre, Gatwala Faisalabad for guidance.  
   
What measures can we adopt to save our livestock from Leopard attack? Top
Common Leopard is endangered species with wide home range. Please avoid to invade the habitat of Leopard and not leave your livestock unattended during grazing.  
   
What is the sale price of misc. Wildlife Species? Top
Please download sale price list  
   
Does Punjab Fisheries Department has its offices in all districts of Punjab? Top
Yes, Fisheries Department has its offices in almost all the districts of Punjab.  
   
Has Fisheries Department the facility of analysis of soil and water for fish farming? Top
Yes, Fisheries Department has the free of cost facility of analysis of soil and water for fish farming at Fisheries Research and Training Institute Manawan G.T.Road Lahore. For contact information, visit Contact Directory.  
   
Has the Fisheries Department the licensing facility for fishing? Top
Yes, the department issues the license for fishing by rod and line. The annual charges for license is Rs: 300.  
   
Does the Fisheries Department issue the permit for fishing? Top
Yes, the Fisheries Department issues the permit for fishing by auction in government water.  
   
Does the Fisheries Department provide the fish seed to farmers? Top
Yes, fish seed is provided from all the hatcheries, aquaculture nurseries and district level nurseries to the farmer at government prescribed rates.  
   
Does Fisheries Department give training to common people? Top
Yes, Fisheries Department gives training to common people for fish farming at Fisheries Research and Training Institute Manawan G.T.Road Lahore. For contact information, visit Contact Directory.  
   
Does the department prepare feasibility report for fish farming? Top
Yes, the department prepares feasibility report for fish farming at district level offices without any charging and technical guidance is provided to the fish farmer free of cost.  
   
Has Fisheries Department publicity office? Top
Yes, Fisheries Department has the publicity office by which all information and literature is provided to the fish farmers.  
   
What is the name of culture able fish in Punjab? Top
Rahu, Mori, Thaila, Silver-carp, Saul, Kalbans, Masheer, Singharee, Gulfam, Bighead carp, Grass-carp, Rainbow Trout are culture able fish.  
   
Does the department take action about illegal fishing? Top
Yes, department takes action about illegal fishing and accused can also be punished by court.