Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2000, Pakistan lost an average of 41,100 hectares of forest per year. The amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 1.63%. Between 2000 and 2005, the rate of forest change increased by 24.4% to 2.02% per annum. In total, between 1990 and 2005, Pakistan lost 24.7% of its forest cover, or around 625,000 hectares. Measuring the total rate of habitat conversion (defined as change in forest area plus change in woodland area minus net plantation expansion) for the 1990-2005 intervals, Pakistan lost 14.7% of its forest and woodland habitat.
Biodiversity and Protected Areas: Pakistan has some 1027 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 3.5% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 5.5% are threatened. Pakistan is home to at least 4950 species of vascular plants, of which 7.5% are endemic. 4.0% of Pakistan is protected under IUCN categories I-V.
What if I encounter a bush fire while driving?
If a bush fire is just burning the undergrowth with little smoke, you should not be in any danger. In the north of the state, even higher intensity fires that are burning the canopy of the trees rarely radiate enough heat to make roadways impassable.
If there is a lot of smoke:
If you cannot see clearly:
If you become trapped by a fierce fire:
Always follow the directions of police and firefighters if they are present.
What if I encounter a bush fire on foot?