Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program

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Population Assessment of the World’s Snow Leopards

The GSLEP program and its partners are engaged in an initiative to assess the global population of the threatened snow leopard. Click below to learn more about this project and participate.

Practical Tools and Manuals

Toolkits and manuals on snow leopard population studies, management planning, community-based conservation and more.

Databases

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Publications

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LATEST NEWS

Interview with National Focal Point from Mongolia

National Focal Point for GSLEP from Mongolia, Uranchimeg, Director of Natural Resources Policy and Coordination Department of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The honorable Minister made a video speech during the recent Steering Committee Meeting in Samarkand....

Global Leaders call for snow leopard to be identified as the mascot of climate adaptation and mountain ecology at the GSLEP Steering Committee Meeting in Samarkand

In February 2024, Samarkand, Uzbekistan hosted the crucial VIII Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Ecosystem Program (GSLEP). This two-day event brought together representatives from all 12 snow leopard range countries: Bhutan,...

GSLEP honoured students on the occasion of Biodiversity Day

To mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Kyrgyz State University named after I. Arabaev in Bishkek hosted a roundtable discussion. The event focused on two magnificent big cat species: the snow leopard and the Arabian leopard. The scientific...

FACILITATING A TRANSBOUNDARY GOVERNMENTAL APPROACH TO ADDRESS THE THREATS TO A SPECIES

GSLEP featured as a case study in the guidelines on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC). This case study underscores GSLEP’s commitment to promoting unity for snow leopard...

Melis Turgunbaev: 10 years of GSLEP cooperation

The Minister of Natural Resources, Environment, and Technical Supervision of the Kyrgyz Republic, His Excellency Melis Turgunbaev, addressed the participants and partners of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) on the occasion of its 10th...

A message from our Co-Chair, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources for the Royal Government of Bhutan

Dear Readers, I am delighted to extend my heartfelt welcome to the inaugural edition of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) newsletter, marking a significant milestone as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Bishkek Declaration. The...

The snow leopard is the national symbol of Kyrgyzstan

We have exciting news for all snow leopard enthusiasts and conservationists. The President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Honorable Mr. Sadyr Zhaparov, has officially declared the snow leopard as the national symbol of the Kyrgyz Republic. This monumental decision...

Joint Statement Calling the World’s Attention to Climate Resilience and Snow Leopards in the Third Pole

At the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP28), leaders of snow leopard range countries and international partners issued a joint statement outlining key priorities in climate change resilience and...

President of Kyrgyzstan Calls for Action to Protect Snow Leopards and Mountain Ecosystems

In 2013, under the leadership of the then-President of the Kyrgyz Republic, we helped create the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP). Since then, the Snow Leopard Trust has continued to support the Secretariat of this intergovernmental...

Asia’s leaders unite for Climate Adaptation in the Third Pole for Snow Leopards (CATS) & People

AT the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), political and conservation leaders called upon international finance organizations to commit investments for safeguarding Asia’s mountain ecosystems, glaciers,...

PAST EVENTS

Snow leopard – symbol of the Third Pole

On 10-11 February, 2024, the Government of Uzbekistan hosted the VIII Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems Conservation Programme (GSLEP), in Samarkand, where the snow leopard was recognized as a symbol of climate adaptation in the...

The VIII Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Detailed Agenda

Hosted by: Ministry of Ecology, Environment Protection and Climate Change, Government of Uzbekistan and the Secretariat of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program Supported by: International Snow Leopard Trust, United Nations Environment Program,...

Asia’s leaders unite for Climate Adaptation in the Third Pole for Snow Leopards (CATS) & People

AT the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), political and conservation leaders called upon international finance organizations to commit investments for safeguarding Asia’s mountain ecosystems, glaciers,...

The 2022 Bishkek Resolution of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem

Protection Program has been endorsed. Following the Seventh Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Ecosystem Program (GSLEP), held in October this year in Bishkek, representatives of the governments of Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan,...

Asia’s leaders launch new programs for snow leopard conservation

“Nature knows no borders” On October 20-21, 2022, delegations from 10 of the 12 snow leopard range countries came together for the seventh steering committee meeting of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Conservation Program (GSLEP), hosted by the Government of...

Transboundary cooperation for the snow leopard and its ecosystems conservation in Central Asia

Transboundary cooperation for the snow leopard and its ecosystems conservation in Central Asia On May 31, 2022, the Global Snow Leopard and its Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) Secretariat hosted a meeting of representatives of environmental agencies of the...

How Bees and Trees Protect Snow Leopards

How Bees and Trees Protect Snow Leopards One hundred fifty honey bee hives were successfully delivered to their new homes in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Relocating the bees was a challenge, as Benazir, Snow Leopard Trust's Project Assistant, shares, “The delivery...

The goal of the GSLEP

The goal of the GSLEP program is to secure at least 20 landscapes by 2020. Various activities, including workshops, high-level meetings, briefings,…

3rd GSLEP Steering Committee Meeting

The Bishkek Declaration 2017 was adopted by the 12 snow leopard range countries during the International Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Conservation…

International Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Forum (Summit 2017)

The International Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Forum will bring together heads and representatives of the Governments of the twelve snow leopard…

SNOW LEOPARD RANGE COUNTRIES

Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan the edge of the snow leopard’s range is represented by boundary areas of two independent, unconnected groups – Tien-Shan and Pamir-Alai. Both populations occupy territories, which are developed as the result of extensive…

Kyrgyzstan

There are about two percent of the world’s species of flora and more than three percent of the species…

Pakistan

An estimated 200–420 snow leopards exist in Pakistan across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and Azad Jammu…

Afghanistan

Afghanistan encompasses the far western range extent of the snow leopard’s distribution. Included within Afghanistan’s range is the Wakhan Corridor, the narrow panhandle of land in Badakhshan province (in the far northeast of the…

Tajikistan

Tajikistan contains around 250-280 snow leopards primarily within the Pamir Mountain range. Tajikistan is located in the center…

China

China is home to the world’s largest snow leopard population, with an estimated 2000 – 2500 individuals….

Nepal

In Nepal, snow leopards are found in the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) in the east to Api-Nampa…

Mongolia

The Mongolian snow leopard population is 2nd largest in the world, with about 1000 individuals; distributed in…

Country updates 2021

    The GSLEP Resolution 2020, endorsed by the snow leopard range countries identified resource mobilization, inclusive economic development, animal-human healthcare, and diseasesurveillance as priority areas. The range countries also extended their support...

India

Snow leopard habitats in India are spread over the northern Himalayan mountains of the states of Jammu…

Bhutan

Pastoralism is highly predominant in the highlands of Bhutan stretching from East to West, an ecosystem widely…

Russia

In Russia the snow leopard is at the northernmost edge of its contemporary range and has only a…

Kazakhstan

The snow leopard is an official symbol of Kazakhstan, which was a suggestion of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Thus,…

PARTNERS

Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has been an active partner of the GLSEP program since its inception. GEF has provided financial and technical support through series of regional and national projects on snow leopard…

INTERPOL

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University of Central Asia (UCA)

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 based on an international treaty signed by the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan. UCA’s mission…

Marwell Wildlife

Marwell Wildlife and Beijing Forestry University (BFU)’s Wildlife Institute, led by Dr Shi Kun, have formed a collaborative alliance to further develop their programme of work for the snow leopard started by Dr. Philip…

Snow Leopard Trust

The Snow Leopard Trust has been an active partner of the GSLEP program since its inception. SLT supports the secretariat through secondment of staff for program coordination, hiring of senior advisors, hosting the website,…

Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society has been a GLSEP program partner since its inception. As the first international conservation organization to perform focused snow leopard field research (dating back to George Schaller’s fieldwork the 1970s),…

TRAFFIC

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Snow Leopard Network

The Snow Leopard Network is a worldwide organization dedicated to facilitating the exchange of information between individuals around the world for the purpose of snow leopard conservation. Our membership includes leading snow leopard experts…

Snow Leopard Conservancy

Snow Leopard Conservancy has been a GSLEP program partner since its inception. SLC’s senior staff provide technical expertise based on nearly four decades of snow leopard research and conservation, particularly in participatory, community…

University of Central Asia (UCA)

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 based on an international treaty signed by the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan. UCA’s mission…

Snow Leopard Trust

The Snow Leopard Trust has been an active partner of the GSLEP program since its inception. SLT supports the secretariat through secondment of staff for program coordination, hiring of senior advisors, hosting the website,…

Pallas’s cat International Conservation Alliance

The Pallas’s Cat International Conservation Alliance (PICA) is the first and only project dedicated to Pallas’s cat conservation on a global scale. It was established in 2016 and is a collaboration between Nordens Ark, the Royal...

WWF

WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation…

United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been an active partner of the GSLEP program since its inception…

Flora and Fauna International

Fauna & Flora International has been an active partner of the GSLEP program since its inception. FFI supports the program through organization and facilitation of country and regional level snow leopard conservation workshops, provision…

USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency working in foreign development. We partner to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and…