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

Get access and contribute to scientific databases on population studies, GIS and illegal wildlife trade.

Publications

Browse and download all publications produced under the GSLEP program to date.

LATEST NEWS

Sustainable economies and biodiversity conservation in snow leopard landscapes

  The predominant model of development that prioritises economic growth, at the expense of the environment, has triggered a series of changes that have triggered a planetary environmental crisis and mass extinction of species. This policy advisory lays out a...

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...

The winners of the Vanishing Treasures Communication Workshop on Climate and Environment Storytelling have been selected!

The Vanishing Treasures Expert Committee has identified the list of participants for the communications workshop  on climate and environment storytelling. The list includes journalists from Kyrgyzstan working in prominent Kyrgyz media outlets of photojournalism,...

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...

Vanishing Treasures Communication Workshop Climate and Environment Storytelling

Vanishing Treasures Communication Workshop Climate and Environment Storytelling Call for applications About the communication workshop This workshop is part of UNEP’s Vanishing Treasures programme (VT) which focuses on Central Asia countries of Tajikistan and the...

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...

Key News from WWF Russia 2021

1. Breaking Barriers  Read how WWF-Russia removed barbed wire at Russia-Mongolian border for free migration of snow leopard and wild ungulate. Political borders are for people. But for an animal like the snow leopard, with a home range that can be as large as 2,000...

Call for Submissions #EncounterUncia

Twitter Conference: Unusual Encounters with Snow Leopards 6,7,8 December 2021 Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Program (GSLEP) and Snow Leopard Network (SLN) in collaboration with partners will be hosting a Twitter conference on Unusual Snow Leopard Encounters.  ...

6th Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program, 22 October 2021

GSLEP with the support of international partners is pleased to host the 6th Steering Committee Meeting. The meeting will be organized using secure state-of-the-art online communications platform. This meeting will provide an opportunity to review the status of the...

PAST EVENTS

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...

The winners of the Vanishing Treasures Communication Workshop on Climate and Environment Storytelling have been selected!

The Vanishing Treasures Expert Committee has identified the list of participants for the communications workshop  on climate and environment storytelling. The list includes journalists from Kyrgyzstan working in prominent Kyrgyz media outlets of photojournalism,...

Vanishing Treasures Communication Workshop Climate and Environment Storytelling

Vanishing Treasures Communication Workshop Climate and Environment Storytelling Call for applications About the communication workshop This workshop is part of UNEP’s Vanishing Treasures programme (VT) which focuses on Central Asia countries of Tajikistan and the...

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...

4th Steering Committee Meeting

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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 Day – 2016

Committed to raising awareness for the plight of an iconic species, the twelve Asian countries that are home to the cat celebrated October 23rd,..

SNOW LEOPARD RANGE COUNTRIES

Russia

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

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…

Kazakhstan

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

Pakistan

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

India

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

China

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

Mongolia

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

Kyrgyzstan

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

Nepal

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

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…

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...

Bhutan

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

PARTNERS

INTERPOL

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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…

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,…

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,…

TRAFFIC

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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…

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 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…

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…

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),…

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…

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…

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…

United Nations Development Programme

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

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...

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…