KARACHI - In order to preserve the wildlife sanctuaries across Sindh and to conserve biological diversity for maintenance of ecological balance, the Sindh Wild Life Department has established a comprehensive network of protected areas of wildlife which includes National Park, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Game Reserve.    Informed sources in the department told The Nation on Tuesday that decision to this effect was taken to maintain and preserve the natural wildlife resources keeping in view of utilisation of enormously rich cultural and natural resources of Khirtar Protected Area Complex (KPAC). A project, "Development of Khirthar Protected Area Complex (KPAC)," has been approved by the government Sindh with a cost of Rs 499.9 million for the period of 2008-09 to 2012-13. The KPAC comprises Khirthar National Park, Hub Dam Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahal Kohistan Wildlife Sanctuary and Game Reserve. KHIRTHAR NATIONAL PARK: It was established in 1974 on an area of 1192 sq miles in Karachi and Jamshoro districts. Hunting, shooting, trapping, killing or capturing of any wild animal is prohibited in the area.   HALEJI LAKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES: An important wetland on the Eurasian continent once known as Birds Paradise would be protected by bio-diversity and sustainable ecosystem management and maintain sound population of key wildlife species along with their habitats. The Haleji Lake where 20,000 birds of different species have been recorded including Pelican, Flamingo, Pheasant-tailed jacanas, ducks, partridges, Egrets, Coot, Moorhen, Spotted Eagle, Mallard, Grebe, Cormorant, Heron, and Spoonbill. The Haleji Lake is situated 70kms (about 52 miles) from Karachi. The lake is considered to be the largest water fall sanctuary in Asia. It covers an area of 6.58 square miles. It is 1-1/2 km off the Thatta Road from the village of Gujjo. Thousands of birds of over seventy species migrate here in winter from Siberia and stay through January and February. It is a paradise for those who loves birds. DEH AKRO-11 WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: The place declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1988. It consisted of lakes and sand dunes which covers an area of 20,243 hectors with picturesque piece of land and amazing topography with small and large lakes with intervening sand dunes. More than 20,000 birds regularly congregate at the sanctuary. DRIGH LAKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: It was declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1972, where congregation of around 20,000 birds have been recorded including waterfowl such as Pelican, Coot, Moorhen, Spotted Eagle, Mallard, Grebe, Cormorant, Heron, Egret, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Wigeon, Shoveller, Gadwall and Pintail. LUNGH LAKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: It was declared wildlife sanctuary in 1982 which spread over an area of 40 hectors. In upper Sindh it ranks amongst the best lakes having an ideal site for waterfowl with population of more than 30,000 birds including white-eyed Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Spotted Eagle, Mallard, Grebe, Cormorant, Heron, Egret, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Pintail, Wigeon, Shoveller and Gadwall.   Sources mentioned that it has been proposed that opening and closing of areas/talukas for hunting of game birds (Partridges, ducks and Sandgrouse) along with other hunting days with limited conditions is approved by the chief minister Sindh. Usually the hunting schedule of Partridges and Sandgrouse is from 1st Sunday of November to last Sunday of January. Hunting is allowed on Sundays only, and 10 birds per license allowed for hunting and 40 birds per party for four or more persons. WATER BIRDS: The hunting schedule of water birds is started from 1st Saturday of November to last Sunday of February. Hunting is allowed on Saturday and Sundays only throughout the province except in protected areas like National Park, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Game Reserve, cantonment areas and PAF base. 15 birds per license have been allowed for hunting and 60 birds per party of four or more persons.