South Punjab Forest Company
A Public Sector Company registered under Section 42 of the Companies Act, 2017
Board of Directors
Ashiq Ahmed Khan, Forestry Expert
Ashiq Ahmed Khan, educated as a Forester, Zoologist and Natural Resource Manager, has almost four decades of experience in the field of forestry and biodiversity with several pioneering initiatives in the field of conservation. Being primarily a researcher and educationists, he is familiar with almost all ecosystems of Pakistan, their problems and potential. Since 1980s, he has been specifically involved in the ecological surveys and management planning of protected areas that require the adaption and application of multiple skills to cope with the issues of target portion of natural landscape or protected areas. A few protected areas exist because of his recommendations while he contributed to the creation of Ziarat Juniper Biosphere Reserve. As a professional, Mr. Ashiq Ahmed Khan has been associated with both public and private sector institutions such as the Pakistan Forest Institute, WWF-Pakistan, Snow leopard Foundation and Ev-K2-CNR; and also with ICIMOD, Ministry of Environment (now Ministry of Climate Change) and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was the first elected Chairman of International Snow leopard Network, heading an elected Steering Committee with members elected from India, China, Uzbekistan, Magnolia, UK and USA. He has been a Co-chair of the WWF International Advisory group on protected Areas and Species of Special Concern and Member of the Forest Advisory Group of WWF-International.
Currently, Mr. Ashiq Khan, is on the International Steering Committee of the Specialist Group on Cranes and Wetlands and is member of several other specialist Group too. He sits on the Board of Directors of "Fund for Protected Areas" being hosted by the Government of Pakistan. He has also been involved for various universities and is Member of the Selection Board of Islamia College Chartered University.
In late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Ashiq Khan introduced the trophy hunting program in GB (Northern Areas then). Though an uphill journey because of the various socio-administrative complications involved in it, the program has been a success because of the subsequent help and support of several other organizations such as WWF, IUCN, and other NGOs in the country and respective government departments. Trophy hunting is now being considered an important tool of conservation, contributing to saving of species that were threatened with extinction.
Medicinal plants conservation also remained a neglected field till highlighted by Ashiq Khan in mid 1990s. Through collaboration with and motivation of relevant institutions, research on, and management of medicinal plants was made as one of the most popular discipline. Same was the case with Chilghoza Forests of Suleiman Mountains, situated partly in Balochistan and partly in FR D.I.Khan. Against a time when 40,000 trees of Chilghoza Pine were cut in one year, none is being cut now. The tribal community, who do not have alternate sources of income, are now earning millions each year by the selling of Chilghoza nuts, rather than cutting of trees.
While recognizing his services, he has been awarded with a life achievement award in Forestry and Biodiversity by the Ministry of Climate Change and is the only South Asian to win the prestigious Kenton Millar Award in protected areas innovation by the World Commission on Protected Areas.