The capital administration imposed a ban on several activities including barbecues, smoking, bonfires, burning, littering, carrying flammable items, and tree cutting in Margalla Hills National Park as the fire season has commenced. The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), Ministry of Climate Change, had requested the ban on the national park. The board stated in a letter to the capital administration that during the fire season from April to July, there is a risk of forest fires in the national park. To safeguard the flora and fauna of the park, better preparedness is necessary to prevent forest fires. The board, with its limited resources, creates a fire protection plan and asks other organizations such as civic agencies to contribute to protecting the park from forest fires.
IWMB- Margalla Hills
The IWMB requested that the administration prohibit activities such as BBQs, smoking, bonfires, burning, littering of garbage and plastic, carrying flammable items including lighters, charcoal, matchsticks, bottles of petrol, and kerosene, and tree cutting in the national park. In response, the administration issued a notification stating that such activities lead to habitat loss, pollute water, and clear land for other purposes in the Margalla Hills National Park, all of which are violations of the Islamabad Wildlife (Protection, Preservation, Conservation, and Management) Ordinance 1979. The notification stated that the order would take immediate effect and remain in force for two months.
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