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Big meeting for future of snow leopards

Bishkek website logoAn exciting world first for snow leopards is happening this month. On October 22-23, 2013, representatives of 12 snow leopard range countries and the international conservation community will gather in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic for the first ever Global Snow Leopard Forum.

The Forum delegates will discuss urgent actions and a new global strategy to address conservation of the endangered snow leopard and its habitat in the critical ecosystems of Central Asia. It has been planned for some time and organised as a joint effort by the Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev and the State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Many other global and snow leopard NGO’s have also co –organised the event and will be taking part. They include the Global Tiger Initiative, NABU, Snow Leopard Trust, UNDP, World Bank. Sponsors for the Forum are the Global Environment Facility, Snow Leopard Conservancy, WWF.

Delegates form the 12 range countries will be present. (Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.)

I’ll be attending on behalf of the Snow Leopard Network and “Saving Snow Leopards” blog and will keep you updated on the activities of this exciting event. We hope to see higher visibility and understanding of threats to the magnificent snow leopard and commitments made to save the species in each delegate’s country.

Stay tuned!  Cheers, Sibylle Noras.

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