20 by 2020

Securing at least 20 healthy populations of snow leopards across the cat’s range by 2020

The overarching goal of the GSLEP program is for the 12 range countries, with support from interested organizations, to work together to identify and secure at least 20 healthy populations of snow leopards across the cat’s range by 2020, or 20 By 2020. Many of these populations will cross international boundaries.

Three criteria define “healthy populations of snow leopards”. They are populations:

  • Representing at least 100 breeding age snow leopards. (This number will be increased over time to obtain a minimum viable population.)
  • Containing adequate and secure prey populations.
  • Having connectivity to other snow leopard populations.

This is an interim goal for the period through 2020, and a key step toward the ultimate goal of ensuring that healthy snow leopard populations remain the icon of the mountains of Asia for generations to come.

The GSLEP Snow Leopard Landscapes

Country Landscape Area in sq.km
Afghanistan Wakhan National Park 10,951
Bhutan (border area TBD) Snow Leopard habitat 12,110
China Yangchiwan 13,600
Tuomur 2,376
Taxkorgan 15,000
India Hemis-Spiti 29,000
Nanda Devi – Gangotri 12,000
(border area TBD) Kanchendzonga-Tawang 5,630
Kazakhstan Jungar Alatau 16,008
Northern Tien Shan 23,426
Kyrgyzstan Sarychat 13,201
Mongolia Altai 56,000
South Gobi 82,000
North Altai 72,000
Nepal Eastern 9,674
Central Complex 9,258
Western 10,436
Pakistan Hindu Kush 10,541
Pamir 25,498
Himalaya 4,659
Russia Altai 48,000
Tajikistan Pamir 92,000
Multi-National Landscapes Landscape Area in sq.km
Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Allay – Gisar 30,000