WWF Russia pioneers in snow leopard monitoring
A specialized collection of surveying forms was developed by WWF experts and the Moscow-based NextGIS company in 2018. WWF supporters and corporate partners provided significant funding for this work. Such as support for app development, experts’ training and purchased the smartphones. Prior to the survey in 2018 WWF provided the key survey participants from the protected areas and local NGOs with the smartphones. The results of the first field test of the new app are inspiring. The experts reported that the app was easy to use and helped a lot to ease the field work.
At the moment all snow leopard range countries lack the unified methodology for snow leopard monitoring which would provide for clear and comparable data to effectively assess the conservation success. Having reliable information on status and distribution of the snow leopard provides for better targeting the key areas for conservation and addressing threats to the rare species.