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Bishkek Declaration – Historic day for snow leopards

Billboard on bridge Bishkek

Billboards for Snow Leopard Forum in the streets of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev and officials representing 12 snow leopard range countries have endorsed an ambitious new global initiative conserve critical ecosystems in high-mountain landscapes inhabited by the iconic but endangered snow leopard.

They were by conservationists from many NGO’s.

“I deeply appreciate the fact that our initiative to organize a Global Snow Leopard Forum in Bishkek was supported by the range countries as well as by international and non-governmental environmental organizations. By endorsing Bishkek Declaration on Snow Leopard Conservation and the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Recovery Program range countries are committing to scaling up joint snow leopard conservation efforts,” said Almazbek Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic in his welcome address to the Forum participants.

“If we do not take decisive measures to protect the snow leopard today, we will forever loose this priceless animal, a true gift of nature. Today we are taking first steps. I am confident that together we will be able to achieve the goal we set – to protect our beautiful nature and the symbol of our mountains, the snow leopard.” We all know threats to the snow leopard and its high-mountain habitats are increasing but now there is a blueprint for action. “Saving Snow Leopards” web site congratulates all involved and we look forward to the work that will make the future of the snow leopard and people sharing its habitat secure.

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