This document aims to provide a practical guide to ecologically and socially conscious tourism practices within snow leopard habitats. It is designed primarily for operators in the tourist industry but also has a potential wider audience of policy makers in conservation and economic development fields. It covers information that has been made available to us at this point. It is however work in progress; we welcome comments, suggestions and best practices from the field which we will use in regularly updated versions of the document.
Written by Justine Shanti Alexander (Snow Leopard Trust) , Ranjini Murali (Nature Conservation Foundation), Ajay Bijoor (Nature Conservation Foundation), Li Yuhan (Shan Shui Conservation Center) and Charudutt Mishra (Snow Leopard Trust).
Contributions from Terry Townshend, Matthias Fiechter, Koustubh Sharma and Julian Matthews.
Supported by GEF, UNDP, Snow Leopard Trust, Nature Conservation Foundation and Travel Operators for Tigers.
We thank Tenzin Thinley, Kalzang Gurmet, Karma Sonam, Rinchen Togbe, Tenzin Thukten, Tandup Cherring, Kesang Chunnit, Rigzen Dorjay, and Sherab Lobzang from the Nature Conservation Foundation for insights into tourism in Ladakh and Spiti, and Shan Shui Conservation Center for insights on tourism in Qinghai. We thank Kulbushansingh Suryawanshi and Suri Venkatachalam for support in the development of this document.