Capacity Center

Building and increasing the capacity of local conservationists in snow leopard range countries and beyond is one of GSLEP’s main objectives. To achieve this, a wide range of training manuals, toolkits and other materials have been produced and made available for download.

Management Planning

To help range countries design conservation action for the 23 landscapes they have identified to be secured under the GSLEP program, the GSLEP secretariat has released (in 2014) – and revised in 2018 – general Guidelines for Management Planning of Snow Leopard Landscapes. View Details

Community Engagement

Rural communities living in and around Asia’s high mountains are a key snow leopard conservation stakeholder. Engaging with them in a respectful and sensitive fashion is of critical importance from an ethical as well as an ecological perspective. Under GSLEP, guidelines and training materials for effective community engagement have been created. View Details

Population Assessment & Distribution

The distribution and abundance of snow leopards across their global range remain fraught with uncertainties. The GSLEP secretariat has been tasked with leading a Global Population Assessment of the World’s Snow Leopards (PAWS). Under this initiative, numerous manuals, practical tools and guidelines have been produced to assist researchers working on snow leopard population studies. View Details

Conservation monitoring

Conservation can only be effective and efficient if it addresses the prevalent threats to a species and ecosystem in a targeted, integrated fashion and at sufficient scale and intensity. To ensure a conservation program achieves its goals, it is therefore essential to constantly assess threats and monitor program impacts. To help practitioners monitor their snow leopard conservation programs, the GSLEP program has produced tools such as a Threat Reduction Assessment Framework. View Details

Illegal Wildlife Trade

Poaching, illegal hunting and wildlife trafficking remain a major threat to snow leopards and their prey species across the cat’s range. To identify trends and help law enforcement agencies and conservationists in snow leopard combat illegal wildlife trade, the GSLEP program is maintaining a database on wildlife crime relating to snow leopards. View Details

Sustainable Ecotourism

As remote snow leopard habitats become more accessible, tourism in these landscapes is increasing in volume and intensity. If well-managed, it presents an opportunity to strengthen conservation programs and benefit local communities. At the same time, poorly managed tourism can also bring new threats to wildlife and ecosystems. To assist tourism operators, the GSLEP program has helped develop a set of Principles and Recommendations for Tourism Within Snow Leopard Habitats. View Details

Communications & Storytelling

Communications and messaging play a significant role in shaping public opinion and influencing behavior. Storytelling tools and techniques can help scientists and practitioners frame key conservation messages, elicit support from decision makers, partners and funders and engage successfully with media. The GSLEP program has produced a manual for Conservation Storytelling, which is available for download. View Details