The mission of this department is not only the conservation of natural resources but also the protection and management of the resources.
The Province of Punjab, with an area of 50.96 million acres and meager forestry resources over only 1.58 million acres in the public sector. The resources managed by the forest department include compact plantation i.e. Coniferous, Coniferous/Scrub Forests (80129 acres), Scrub Forests (679663 acres), Range Lands (241575.37 acres), Irrigated Plantations (440052.71 acres) and Riverain Forests (143343.33 acres). Moreover, we also manage the Linear Plantations of the province i.e. canal side plantations (33795.37 km), roadside plantations (10665.15 km) and rail side plantations (2580.50 km).In addition to the public sector forestry resources, tree covers exist in farmlands both in the form of woodlots and linear avenues along the field boundaries and watercourses. Details
The Punjab Wildlife & Parks Department has a network of field formations working throughout the province for effective protection, preservation, conservation, and management of wildlife resources. The department maintains the following facilities for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of wildlife resources:
- National Parks-07
- Wildlife Sanctuaries-36
- Game Reserves-23
- Zoos / Zoological Gardens-07
- Wildlife Parks-13
- Safari Zoo-01
For smooth functioning of the department, various policies are formulated and periodically reviewed for implementation. These strategies focus on sustainable conservation and management of wildlife through public participation and liaison with national and international organizations. The status of wildlife resources of the province, in turn, is improving. The department has succeeded to conserve and preserve the vanishing wildlife species.
The Punjab has an extensive expanse of fisheries resources with great potential. The major natural resources are Rivers, Canals, Reservoirs, Lakes, and Water Logged Areas etc. covering a total area of about 3 million hectares (7.5 million acres). Besides sustainable exploitation of natural resources, the fish culture activities in private sector have been considerably increased in the last two decades. At present about 81,350 acres have been brought under fish culture and total fish production is 113500 metric ton annually.