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Премия рунета 2017

WWF Russia shared the experience of new snow leopard monitoring programme with the experts of Tadzhikistan

19 january 2018
On their way to the worldwide goal to ensure effective snow leopard monitoring and evaluation WWF Russia shared the experience with Tajik colleagues who were eager to learn and improve the quality of field monitoring and data processing.

Alexander Karnaukhov, WWF Altai-Sayan Senior Project Coordinator presented new snow leopard monitoring programme developed on WWF initiative in 2016 in partnership with New York University and Snow Leopard Conservancy (USA). WWF experts were invited by the National Biodiversity Monitoring Centre of Tajikistan.

The meeting with the colleagues from National Biodiversity Monitoring Centre of Tajikistan was very fruitful. Tajik experts will to cooperate and learn from us. We’ll start with analyzing the current data already collected and testing the new methodology, says Alexander Karnaukhov, WWF Altai-Sayan Senior Project Coordinator.

After the meeting and working on theory the experts from Russian and Tajikistan had a field trip to the snow leopard habitat to monitor Marko Polo sheep. The number of Marko Polo sheep according the results was 26-27 thousands sheep. 

The numbers of the snow leopard in Tajikistan is higher than in Russia, it’s obvious. Even during the field trip we observed the snow leopard two times in the wild. However it is clear that the country has the lack of conservation specialists and experts. They try to bring experts from the other countries, says Alexander Karnaukhov, WWF Altai-Sayan Senior Project Coordinator.
Marko Polo sheep monitoring
(c) National Biodiversity Monitoring Centre of Tajikistan

Tajikistan possess quite big population of the snow leopard. The country is an official member of International team of snow leopard experts along with other 11 countries: Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan.

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