The world is currently facing an unprecedented situation. The ongoing pandemic reminds us again about the need to care better for our natural world and local communities. The pandemic has also impacted funding of several on-going conservation programs across the range countries and is likely to impact resource mobilization for biodiversity conservation in the coming years. This calls for a new strategy and urgent measures by the snow leopard range countries and members of the Steering Committee of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program.
The GSLEP Secretariat is organizing the Steering Committee Meeting on October 23, 2020- also known as International Snow Leopard Day. With 2020 marking the seventh year since the initiation of the GSLEP program, the Steering Committee hopes to jointly review the conservation work being done by various countries and the Secretariat; and identify future priority actions to conserve our mountain ecosystems and the people living there. These would cover themes including climate change, evaluation of biodiversity loss, illegal wildlife trade, and disease.