The project on snow leopard conservation is developing in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion
This project is a part of the first WWF/GEF project which is aimed at conservation of big cats in Russia. In November 2013 the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) awarded a grant to a project on the conservation of the Amur tiger, snow leopard, Amur leopard and Persian leopard and their habitats in the Russian Federation.
Thanks to this project, WWF will support the development of the system of protected areas in the Far East, Northern Caucasus and Altay-Sayan. There are three species of the rare big cats in these regions: the Amur tiger, leopard (Amur and Persian subspecies) and snow leopard in ASER. The project will get the local communities involved into the cooperation on sustainable management of the protected areas and create new jobs. It will also support the improvement of legislation and law enforcement in the sphere of biological resources usage both at federal and local levels. The project will help to develop international collaboration to monitor big cat populations, combat poaching and illegal trade.
ASER project will involve four subregions in the Altai-Sayan region where stable known groups of snow leopard are marked: Republics of Altai, Buryatia, Tuva and Krasnoyarsk Kray. Apart the Republics of Altai and Tuva and Krasnoyarsk region, where the main activities will be implemented, a number of research to clarify distribution and abundance of snow leopard will be held in the Republic of Buryatia, Khakassia and the Irkutskaya oblast.
A preliminary list of activities within the framework of this project has already discussed in the regions. Stakeholders took part in the first round of consultations in late June held in the Altai, Tuva and Krasnoyarsk kray. Regional representatives discussed the upcoming steps, including the development of Econet for the snow leopard and habitat conservation. This activities supposedly will be included to the five-year program.