The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are key partners in the implementation of GSLEP through financial and technical support.

GEF has a long history of supporting conservation of the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) and its habitat, having approved 24 total projects and invested nearly USD $100 million toward UNDP-implemented projects in all 12 range countries since 1991.

Nine current GEF-financed, UNDP-implemented projects have emerged since the Global Forum in 2013 within the framework of GSLEP, representing an investment of about $45 million to support snow leopard range countries. in meeting their national targets toward achieving GSLEP objectives. These nine projects alone have leveraged over $200 million in co-financing from national and international partners. Below is an overview of these projects. For details, please refer to the publication “Silent Roar: UNDP and GEF in the Snow Leopard Landscape”.

In addition, UNDP has supported various key GSLEP meetings and workshops that have been instrumental in keeping up the program’s unprecedented momentum.

Current Projects 

Global – Transboundary project

A landscape in the Central Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, near the borders with Kazakhstan and China. Photo by Udayan Rao Pawar

PROJECT TITLE

Transboundary Cooperation for Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Conservation

COUNTRY

Global (with focus on Central Asia)

IMPLEMENTING AGENCY

United Nations Development Programme

EXECUTING PARTNER

Snow Leopard Trust

PROJECT PERIOD

2016-2019

GEF FUNDING

$1,000,000

CO-FINANCING

$4,196,000

Reports on meetings, workshops and studies conducted under the project:

 

Country-specific projects

A Changpa man prepares a sheep for shearing. Photo by UNDP India.

PROJECT TITLE

Securing Livelihoods, Conservation, Sustainable Use and Restoration of High Range Himalayan Ecosystems (SECURE-Himalayas)

COUNTRY

India

EXECUTING PARTNER

Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change

PROJECT PERIOD

2017-2023

GEF FUNDING

$11,544,192

CO-FINANCING

$40,343,000

Guard dogs can help keep livestock safe in the wide open grasslands. Photo by Marc Foggin

PROJECT TITLE

Sustainable Natural Resource Use and Forest Management in Key Mountainous Areas Important for Globally Significant Biodiversity.

COUNTRY

Uzbekistan

EXECUTING PARTNER

State Committee on Nature Protection

PROJECT PERIOD

2016-2021

GEF FUNDING

$6,209,863

CO-FINANCING

$25,000,000

A snow leopard strolls along a ridge line in Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve, Qinghai Province, China. Photo by Shan Shui / Panthera / Snow Leopard Trust

PROJECT TITLE

Strengthening the Effectiveness of the Protected Area System in Qinghai Province, China to Conserve Globally Important Biodiversity.

COUNTRY

China

EXECUTING PARTNER

Qinghai Forestry Department

PROJECT PERIOD

2012-2017

GEF FUNDING

$5,354,545

CO-FINANCING

$18,349,000

A blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur), one of the snow leopard’s key prey species. Photo by Marc Foggin

PROJECT TITLE

Conservation and Sustainable Management of Key Globally Important Ecosystems for Multiple Benefits

COUNTRY

Kazakhstan

EXECUTING PARTNER

Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture

PROJECT PERIOD

2017-2022

GEF FUNDING

$8,069,178

CO-FINANCING

$24,000,000

Ibex are among the most critical snow leopard prey species across the cat’s range. Photo by SLF Kyrgyzstan / Snow Leopard Trust

PROJECT TITLE

Conservation of Globally Important Biodiversity and Associated Land and Forest Resources of Western Tian Shan Mountain Ecosystems to Support Sustainable Livelihoods

COUNTRY

Kyrgyzstan

EXECUTING PARTNER

State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry; GSLEP Secretariat

PROJECT PERIOD

2017-2022

GEF FUNDING

$3,988,575

CO-FINANCING

$16,500,000

Hoper-Hisper glacier in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Photo by SLF Pakistan

PROJECT TITLE

Pakistan Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme

COUNTRY

Pakistan

EXECUTING PARTNER

Pakistan Ministry of Climate Change, Snow Leopard Foundation

PROJECT PERIOD

2017-2021

GEF FUNDING

$4,644,521

CO-FINANCING

$12,951,000

 

Wildlife rangers are faced with the challenging task of detecting and stopping poachers in the vast snow leopard landscapes. Photo by Kubanychbek Jumabai uulu

PROJECT TITLE

Conservation of Snow Leopards and their Critical Ecosystem in Afghanistan

COUNTRY

Afghanistan

EXECUTING PARTNER

Wildlife Conservation Society

PROJECT PERIOD

2016-2019

GEF FUNDING

$2,692,370

CO-FINANCING

$9,035,000

 

Camera trapping is one of the most widely used research methods to monitor snow leopard populations. Photo by SLF Kyrgyzstan

PROJECT TITLE

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pamir Alay and Tien Shan Ecosystems for Snow Leopard Protection and Sustainable Community Livelihoods.

COUNTRY

Tajikistan

EXECUTING PARTNER

National Biodiversity and Biosafety Centre

PROJECT PERIOD

2016-2021

GEF FUNDING

$4,181,370

CO-FINANCING

$19,610,000