The former Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the “Protected Areas Initiative‟ on June 29, 2020, to improve flora and fauna of 15 protected areas extending over an area of 7500 square kilometres. A PC-I was prepared after detailed consultation with provinces / territories to improve flora and fauna of 23 protected areas extending over 23606.373 square kilometres. An amount of Rs 3895.000 million have been allocated through the Federal PSDP to execute the project in the province / territories.
The project aims to protect the existing flora and fauna, improve governance, create protected areas fund and promote eco-tourism in the 23 protected areas.
The scheme has been conditionally approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP). The implementation of project activities will start after final approval by the CDWP.
Since 2018, 44 Protected Areas have been notified throughout Pakistan extending over 23592.633 square kilometres. Out of which there are, 11 National Parks, 01 Wildlife Sanctury, 02 Community Game Reserve, 05 Conservancies, 04 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and 21 Community Controlled Hunting Areas.
Among them 14 are notified by Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 05 by Government of Punjab, 23 by Government of Gilgit Baltistan, 01 by Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and 01 by Government of Balochistan.