ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Environment Samina Khalid Ghurki has directed the quarters concerned to take immediate initiatives for capacity building and research in wildlife sector. National Council for Conservation of Wildlife (NCCW) should play its pro-active role to manage the issues of wildlife throughout the country by implementing the related laws and policies. She expressed these views while chairing the NCCW meeting here on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the Secretary Environment Khawaja Muhammad Naeem, Inspector General (Forest) Syed Mehmood Nasir, DIG (Forest) Abdul Nunaf Qaimkhani, members of the council including representatives of the federal ministries, all provinces, Capital Development Authority, non governmental organisations and non-official members of the council. The meeting reviewed the conservation status of the wildlife in the country and took important decisions on different issues. It was decided that Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow temporary import/export of falcons, two to three weeks before the arrival of visiting Arab dignitaries to avoid any misuse for unauthorised export of falcons and illegal hunting of Hourbara bustard. It was observed that Federal Cabinet in 1999 decided to continue ban on commercial export of wild mammals and reptiles. Afterward, it was also decided that WWF-Pakistan and IUCN in collaboration with NCCW, would draft a comprehensive policy regarding their conservation, census, captive breeding and trade. It was observed that policy draft is under process and would be finalised in the month of September 2011 with consultation of all concerned organisations and NGOs. It was highlighted that in continuity of the ban, special concentration would be made to promote research activates and capacity building of the relevant manpower. The issues relating to the ban of import of big cats were also shared. It was mentioned that proper legislation must be made at zoo level. Their registration methodology must be adopted. Issues of private zoos, personal collection of cats and their sale/purchase were also discussed. A subcommittee was constituted to review the draft guidelines about import of big cats that will submit its report in one-week time. It was decided that strict implementation of set laws would be ensured to conserve these species. While debating on the trophy-hunting programme, the council allocated trophy-hunting quota for the hunting session 2011-2012. Draft of trophy-hunting guidelines and procedures, prepared by IUCN and WWF-Pakistan, was circulated among all provinces. It was decided that their suggestions about these guidelines would be shared in the next meeting. This programme was admired by all members of the council through which local communities would be able to get benefits for social uplift of their respective areas.