GILGIT - Cheif Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman has said that the government is working to protect environment, wildlife and natural beauty like forests and glaciers in Gilgit Baltistan.

Addressing cheques distribution ceremony to stakeholders' of community based conservation organizations here yesterday, the chef minister said that the GB government had acquired land for LPG air mix plant.

The step was taken to minimize the usage of wood as people in the region cut trees in forests to use it for heat in winter season. He appreciated the efforts of the Department, NGOs and communities in safeguarding and sustainable management of wildlife of the region.

Ghulam Muhammad, Conservator Parks and Wildlife Department, GB, in his speech thanked the chief minister and other participants to join hands with the department in raising awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation.

Meanwhile, the Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife department was issued permits for 4 markhors, 80 ibexes and 14 blue sheep for trophy hunting game through bidding system.