China hosted an international snow leopard conservation conference
The conference brought together 210 representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, experts and scientists in the field of conservation of snow leopards from 9 countries inhabited by the species: China, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia and Uzbekistan. Representatives of each country made presentations on the status and size of the populations of the species in each state and spoke about the main problems on snow leopard conservation.
During the forum WWF Russiapresented the results of programmes on the conservation of snow leopards in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Specialists of WWF Altai-Sayan Programme today practically play a coordinating role in the field of snow leopard conservation in Russia, uniting the efforts of environmental organizations, providing financial and resource support to the work.
Azat Alamanov and Farida Balbakova, Central Asia Programme of WWF Russia Coordinators, presented the results on the conservation of snow leopards in Central Tien Shan. The special separate meeting of Kyrgyz and Chinese colleagues that took place during the conference was attended by Luo Jie Ping, the Executive Director of WWF China. The specialists discussed various issues including the environmental project of China on the adjacent territory in the Central Tien Shan and the planning joint efforts in the framework of the program “One Belt - One Road”.
Koustubh Sharma, the representative of the International Secretariat of the Global Program on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems (GSLEP) considers it extremely important today to unite the efforts of all snow leopard range countries to save the species that does not consider the borders of the countries. It is necessary to have a unified approach to determine the number of animals and to analysis all data, so that information from different countries is comparable and reliable. At the same time the methods of protection in each country may be different.
Photo by Bing He.