Representatives of the 12 snow leopard range countries gathered on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in June 2018 for the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Program (GSLEP) to review their work towards implementing the Bishkek Declaration 2017. They came together to share their experiences and intensify their collaborative efforts towards conserving the snow leopard and its ecosystem across all range countries.

At the meeting, representatives discussed the idea of a multi-country Global Environment Facility (GEF) regional project to help close funding gaps and implement national and cross-boundary big cat conservation priorities in Asia.

The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting was hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, and co-organized by the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) Secretariat, the United Nations Development Program, Snow Leopard Trust and the Global Environment Facility.