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Global Snow Leopard Forum

Prominent members of the snow leopard conservation community met in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic on 22-23 October 2013 to endorse a new global program to save the snow leopard and the mountain ecosystems of Central and South Asia where they live.

The streets of Bishkek were filled with posters advertising the Forum to city residents and visitors

Who Attended
High level representatives from 12 range country governments, members of the conservation community, and donors. Several members of the SLN Steering Committee and the wider Snow Leopard Network also took part.

David Mallon, Chair of Snow Leopard Network with Brad Rutherford, Executive Director of Snow Leopard Trust

Dr Rodney Jackson of the Snow Leopard Conservancy with Sibylle Noras, SC member, Snow Leopard Network

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

Kyrgyz Republic President Almazbek Atambayev addresses the Global Snow Leopard Forum

Joining with conservation experts from around the world and the international donor community, the 12 nations* endorsed the Bishkek Declaration on Snow Leopard Conservation and the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Recovery Program (GSLEP).

Dr Charu Mishra, Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Network at the Bishkek Forum

The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) is a major outcome of the Global Snow Leopard Forum. It is a conservation strategy for the next 7 years approved by range country governments and consists of the 12 individual National Snow Leopard and Ecosystems Priorities (NSLEPS). Download the full GSLEP document on the right side bar.

Statement to the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum, by the Indigenous Cultural Practitioners
The Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC), with the support of the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network and supported by the Christensen Fund, held a workshop for Indigenous Cultural Practitioners of snow leopard range countries in Kyrgyz Republic in September 2013. SLC use the term Indigenous Cultural Practitioner to include Shamans, Healers and Sacred Site Guardians. This Statement of support to the Global Snow Leopard Forum was written at the September Workshop and presented to the GSLF in Bishkek in October.

Zhaparkul Raiymkulov, Guardian of Arashan Ata Sacred Site closing Bishkek Forum

Next Steps
A Secretariat has now been established in Bishkek and together with representatives from the range states and the partners of the initiative. They will move forward to implement the goal that "countries work together to identify and secure at least 20 healthy landscapes of snow leopards across the entire range by 2020, or Secure 20 by 2020."

All photographs copyright Sibylle Noras.


Official Press Release - English
Official joint press release by the Kyrgyz government, NABU, Snow Leopard Trust, Snow Leopard Conservancy, UNDP, gef, Global Tiger Initiative, WWF, USAID, and The World Bank.
Read Official Press Release...

Bishkek Declaration - Full Text
Full text of the The Bishkek Declaration on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard.
Read Bishkek Declaration

GSLEP Program - Full Text
Download the full Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program here.
Download GSLEP

Official Partner Organisations
Partner organisations of the Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program
Read Organisation List

Indigenous Cultural Practitioners Statement to GSLF
Full text of the Indigenous Cultural Practitioners Statement to GSLF
Read Statement

Mongolian Award for Dr. Rodney Jackson
Mongolia presents Dr. Rodney Jackson with Award During GSLF in Bishkek
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