GSLEP Priorities

What we do to achieve our goals

Under the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program, specific activities of the countries and the international community are grouped under broad themes that correspond to the commitments of the Bishkek Declaration adopted at the 2013 Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum.

Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching

Disrupting poaching and illegal trade of snow leopards and their prey species across national borders and sectors, including reduction of demand and enforcement of existing wildlife laws.

Community-based conservation

Engaging local communities in conservation, including promoting sustainable livelihoods, and addressing human-wildlife conflicts.

Resource Mobilization

The funding needed to support the conservation of snow leopards and their habitat across their range over the seven-year GSLEP program was estimated by the 12 snow leopard range countries to total about US$190 million for the period of 2014 to 2020. Work is being done to raise funds to meet this need. 

Climate Smart Management Planning

Climate-smart management planning to help people and wildlife build climate resilience and adapt to changes.

Capacity Building

Building capacity and enhancing conservation policies and institutions through knowledge exchange and communities of practice, communication, and cooperation among stakeholders for snow leopard conservation.

Encounters with snow leopards

People and snow leopards share space across the range. This can lead to a number of human-snow leopard interactions. Find out more. 

Research and Monitoring

Research and monitoring to evaluate and map current status of key snow leopard habitats and populations

Business and Industry

As the Asian economy grows, its infrastructure will expand manifold. This expansion will put severe pressure on habitats and wildlife. Such pressures are endangering several species, many of which are being pushed towards extinction.


Can Asia’s aspiration to double infrastructure investment be met without damaging its biological heritage and iconic species like the snow leopard or the ecosystem services at the foundation of its economies? At the same time, can Asia ensure that the quality and viability of this infrastructure is secure over the long term – not undermined by the costly natural hazards increasingly caused by climate change?

Management Planning

Securing 20 landscapes for snow leopards by 2020 is the overarching goal of GSLEP. In order to secure these landscapes, it is essential that Management Plans be created and implemented in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

Trans-boundary Management and Enforcement

Transboundary management and enforcement to improve coordination between range countries and combat wildlife trafficking


Conservation of the snow leopard and snow leopard landscapes requires a supportive constituency of communities and individuals. Environmental education is one means of building support and creating awareness amongst children and young people for the long term.