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The Bishkek Declaration 2017 was adopted by the 12 snow leopard range countries during the International Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Conservation Forum in August 2017. To review and guide various elements of management and implementation of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), the third high-level steering committee meeting is being organized in Issyk-Kul Province, Kyrgyz Republic.

The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting is hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, and co-organized by:

  • Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) Secretariat
  • United Nations Development Program
  • Snow Leopard Trust
  • Global Environment Facility


  • Kapriz Issyk Kul Resort, Kyrgyz Republic


  • June 14-15 2018

Click here for more details about the meeting logistics, travel, venue, etc.

Meeting Objectives and Agenda

The following issues will be discussed during the meeting:

  1. Updates about the action plans for implementation of the Bishkek Declaration 2017;
  2. Development of a regional project for funding under GEF-7, with UNDP’s role as the implementing Agency and co-lead by other key partners;
  3. Population Assessment of World’s Snow Leopards;
  4. Database for monitoring poaching and illegal wildlife trade in snow leopard and related wildlife;

Working Languages:

  • English and Russian


The meeting will be attended by Ministers or their nominees representing the 12 snow leopard range countries, senior government officials (GSLEP national focal points), technical experts and representatives from partner organizations.

Provisional Agenda:

DAY 0: Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Kapriz Issyk Kul Resort.
Arrival of delegations
18:30-20:30 Meet and Greet
DAY 1: Thursday, June 14, 2018. Kapriz Issyk Kul Resort.
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30-10:00 Opening ceremony
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-13:30 Country Presentations on completed, on-going and proposed activities
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:00 Introduction to Big Cats Concept Note
15:00-16:00 Inputs on the Concept note, aided by discussions about possible co-financing options.
16:00-16:30 Coffee
16:30-17:30 Creation of regional working groups to identify national, regional and global components under the concept note and prepare specific action plans focused on reinforcing existing funding, and filling existing gaps
18:00-20:00 Dinner
DAY 2: Friday, June 15, 2018. Kapriz Issyk Kul Resort.
09:00-09:30 Compilation of working group reports
09:30-11:30 Presentations of Working Groups on national, regional and global action plans to be included in the national projects and Big Cats project
11:30-12:00 Coffee
12:00-12:15 Presentation on Population Assessment of the World’s Snow leopards (PAWS) by GSLEP Secretariat: Activities so far, schedules and way forward
12:15-13:00 Inputs from range countries and partner organizations on national action plans to take PAWS forward
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Presentation on concept, purpose and functioning of the database on illegal wildlife trade (IWT) by GSLEP Secretariat
14:30-15:30 Inputs from range countries and partner organizations on the proposed plans to populate and utilize GSLEP IWT database
15:30-16:00 Discussion and finalization of the text of Issykkul Statement
16:00-16:30 Coffee
16:30-17:00 Endorsement of Statement and Next Steps
18:00-20:30 Dinner
DAY 3: Saturday, June 16, 2018. 
  Optional field trips (e.g. Karakol, Shamshy, Issyk kul lake, Bishkek city)
DAY 4: Sunday, June 17, 2018.