Falcon export permits might put Pakistan’s GSP standing in danger: report

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The federal authorities has issued at the very least 4 export permits to Gulf royal relations for the internationally protected, extremely uncommon falcons in violation of nationwide legal guidelines and worldwide commitments associated to nature conservation, a report within the native media mentioned on Sunday.

By issuing the permits for the export of 43 falcons, the federal government put at stake the nation’s free entry to the extremely profitable European Union market beneath the Generalized System of Desire (GSP-Plus) facility, mentioned the report.

The report mentioned the nation confronted the chance of dropping billions of Euros price GSP-Plus facility that binds the federal government to strictly observe and implement the nation’s worldwide commitments notably these referring to nature conservation and surroundings. Circumstances set beneath the GSP-Plus standing had been reviewed on occasion by EU displays, mentioned the report, including that the following overview concerning Pakistan’s GSP-Plus standing was anticipated throughout the subsequent few weeks.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif granted the permissions for the falcons export in November, mentioned the report, including that the permits had been issued to members of the royal households of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Two permits have been issued to Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Governor of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, and one every within the identify of King Hamad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, Bahrain; and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Emirate of Dubai (the UAE) and member of the royal household.

The sources mentioned the governor of Tabuk was given a allow on Nov eight for the export of eight falcons however he made one other request that was granted by the prime minister on Nov 14 for the export of 10 extra falcons. Prince Fahd had attracted worldwide consideration earlier this yr when a report about his looking of two,100 internationally protected houbara bustards in Chagai district of Balochistan was highlighted by the media.

The report mentioned that Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa was allowed on Nov 7 to export 10 falcons, whereas crown prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum was permitted on Nov 20 to export 15 falcons. The Arab Sheikhs had been extra excited about saker and peregrine falcons — the migratory species which depart their chilly central Asian habitat yearly to spend their winters in comparatively hotter surroundings right here — as they used them to hunt the internationally protected houbara bustard that they believed had aphrodisiac qualities.

Trapping, buying and selling and export of the saker and peregrine falcons is banned by all of the provincial wildlife safety legal guidelines within the nation and there have been no designated markets the place these birds might be bought/purchased.

The report mentioned that within the absence of designated falcon markets from the place the three permits holders – king, crown prince and governor – may buy the falcons, solely the underground black wildlife market would thrive as falcon trapping was unlawful within the nation.

A very good falcon may simply fetch between Rs 10 million and Rs 100 million, in keeping with the report.

Pakistan is a signatory to the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in addition to the Conference on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). A federal regulation, Pakistan Commerce Management of Fauna and Flora Act 2012 additionally restricts any commerce (import, export of saker and Peregrine falcons) in falcons. The report mentioned the CMS was an intergovernmental treaty aimed toward conserving terrestrial, marine and avian species over the entire of their migratory vary. Solely final month the saker falcon World Motion Plan was adopted by the CMS signatories at a gathering held in Ecuador.

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