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Position Papers

WWF-Pakistan supports policy makers, government offices, civil and animal rights activists and law makers by preparing in-depth best practice guidelines. Our work with species, communities, climate change mitigation, sustainable agriculture, market transformation, corporate relations and environmental education is shared through detailed position paper with all to present a clear and directed approach towards these issues. 

These guidelines and position papers are available in this section for the benefit and awareness of all. 

WWF-Pakistan’s position on de-notifying Ayubia, Kamal Ban and Malakandi National Parks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with key recommendations
WWF-Pakistan’s position on de-notifying Ayubia, Kamal Ban and Malakandi National Parks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with key recommendations
WWF’s Position on the Mortality of a Chimpanzee at Karachi Zoo August 2023

WWF-Pakistan is deeply concerned about the distressing & ongoing loss of threatened wild animals within zoos, particularly the #KarachiZoo due to inadequate capacity & care.

Statement on the Killing of the Endangered Indus River Dolphin in Balochistan

WWF-Pakistan expresses deep concern over the recent killing of an Indus River dolphin, an endangered species protected by law, in Balochistan. This tragic incident underscores the need for greater awareness and adherence to legal protections. The organisation urges accountability for this inhumane act and calls for a monitoring programme to track dolphin movement in canals, along with a community awareness campaign. Together, swift action needs to be taken to safeguard the future of this iconic species and protect the delicate ecosystem.

Elephants in Captivity
Elephants are usually acquired from the wild, caught as young animals, illegally traded through a network of dealers, and suffer tremendously in captivity. We do not support the practice of keeping elephants in captivity, including in zoos.

This paper was put together in light of the worsening condition of 'Noor Jehan' an ailing elephant at the Karachi Zoo (April 2023).
Zoos and Animals in Captivity

WWF primarily focuses its work on in situ conservation of species, i.e. in their natural habitat. However, we view zoos (often considered ex situ) as important facilities to promote conservation and biodiversity awareness among the public. WWF strongly believe that animals should have good welfare standards and promote a positive image among the visiting public.

WWF regards compliance with national, regional and local legislation and regulations and adherence to the provisions of the Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and World Zoo Conservation Strategy, as a minimum standard of conduct.

Dolphin Shows
Detailed assessments have proven that the cetacean (order of mammals include whales, dolphins and porpoises) population in the Sindh-Balochistan waters is considerably healthy and consists of 12 species of marine dolphins and whales. All cetacean species are endangered, throughout the world, the numbers of whales and dolphins has declined, not withstanding their popularity. This paper was compiled in response to the then planned dolphin shows in Karachi. It is not the best way to offer people a chance at joy and fun, and neither is this a new form of entertainment for there are better ways to provide diversity from routine life in Pakistan.
Big Cats
Acquisition and management of big cats (lions, tigers, leopards etc.,) is a critical issue that demands undivided attention. This position paper was specifically compiled after the death of a white tiger that was used as a mascot at a political rally in May, 2013.
Climate Change Mitigation
Climate change mitigation is an urgent need in light of the fact that Pakistan is the third most vulnerable country to climate change according to the global Climate Change Index.
Development on Ecologically Important Sites
Ecologically important sites serve as sanctuaries for biodiversity and human communities who live in harmony with nature. Unchecked and unnecessary development is a hazard to them.
Hunting of Houbara Bustard
WWF-Pakistan does not support the hunting of houbara bustard in Pakistan under the current scenario. The organization supports the strict implementation of all national and international policies, and obligations following a scientific approach to maintaining the houbara population in Pakistan.