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Премия рунета 2017

China hosted an international snow leopard conservation conference

06 november 2018
An international conference on monitoring and conservation of the snow leopard was held from 2 to 7 September in the city of Shenzhen (People's Republic of China). The event was supported by WWF and the Secretariat of the Global Program for the Conservation of the Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems (GSLEP).

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.

The conference
(c) Bing He
Today China has the largest number of snow leopards in the world from 2,000 to 2,500 individuals. The Chinese government has already prepared plans for the conservation of the snow leopard. We will continue to work in this direction expanding the network of protected natural areas, cooperating with other countries in the area of the snow leopard and international environmental organizations, says Li Chun Liang, director of the National Agency for Forestry, Agriculture and Protected Areas of China.

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.

During the conference snow leopard specialists from China demonstrated the highest level of research work on the snow leopard. China, having the largest snow leopard population in the world bears the greatest responsibility for the conservation of this species. If the snow leopard disappears in China, then it will gradually disappear from all other countries. China is a key core in spreading the snow leopard on a global scale. And that is why special attention is now paid to the preservation of this species in the country: a large number of research groups work here, new PAs are being established, various measures are being taken to minimize the conflicts between livestock breeders and the predator, says Alexander Karnaukhov, senior project coordinator of the Altai-Sayan Program of WWF Russia.
The conference in ShenZhen
(c) Bing He

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”.   

WWF China team while monitorring the snow leopard in Chenesse aprt of Altai-Sayan.
(c) Bing He

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.

For additional information please contact
Altai-Sayan ecoregional press-officer
Senior Project Coordinator