Partners in Conservation
Partner Organizations in Snow Leopard Range Countries
The Snow Leopard Trust partners with wildlife-focused non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in each of the five countries in which we work. We support field staff and snow leopard conservation programs through our NGO partners:
- Nature Conservation Foundation, India
- Shan Shui, China
- Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation, Mongolia
- Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan
- Snow Leopard Foundation, Kyrgyzstan
Snow Leopard Network
The Snow Leopard Trust was the leading force in the creation of the Snow Leopard Network (SLN), an independent, worldwide organization dedicated to facilitating dialogue between snow leopard experts. Founded in 2002 during the Snow Leopard Survival Summit in Seattle,WA, the SLN has grown to more than 300 members across the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
With a strong scientific focus, the members of this organization work together to develop solutions to crucial issues affecting the survival of snow leopards and their wild prey. One of the results of the Snow Leopard Survival Summit was the Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, a document designed to provide a clear roadmap for conserving these cats.
All Snow Leopard Trust field researchers are active members of the SLN, and regularly share knowledge about our current conservation efforts. Additionally, the SLN has 3 staff members from the Snow Leopard Trust on its steering committee, including Dr. Charudutt Mishra, the Trust’s Science and Conservation Director, who serves as the SLN’s Executive Director.
The SLN also offers members the chance to apply for Snow Leopard Conservation Grants. This is a funding program designed to support education, research, and conservation projects that grow the goals of the Snow Leopard Survival Strategy.
Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum
On October 23, 2013, President Almazbek Atambayev of the Kyrgyz Republic and officials representing the 12 Central and South Asian snow leopard range countries outlined and endorsed an ambitious new global initiative in Bishkek to protect and conserve critical ecosystems in high-mountain landscapes inhabited by the iconic but endangered snow leopard. 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).
The Global Snow Leopard Forum was the result of an initiative by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Almazbek Atambaev. Modeling this event on the successful International Tiger Forum hosted in 2010 in St. Petersburg, President Atambaev is drawing on the experience of the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI), which is housed within the auspices of the World Bank. The Bank has encouraged the active involvement of the snow leopard conservation community including many leading NGOs and the Snow Leopard Network. As the preeminent conservation organization solely focused on saving the critically endangered snow leopard, the Snow Leopard Trust has been playing a critical role in planning, organizing, and facilitating the Global Forum; and, together with its partners, it will continue to support the Working Secretariat tasked with implementing the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Recovery Program (GSLEP).
Program Support Partners
SOS Save Our Species
Save Our Species is a joint initiative of the Global Environment Facility, IUCN and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure the long-term survival and wellbeing of threatened species and their critical habitats for biodiversity conservation.
WWF and USAID
We’re partnering with WWF and USAID on the “Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities Project”; a unique four-year water security and sustainable development project across Asia which focuses on reducing the climate-related vulnerabilities that affect both mountain communities and species such as snow leopards, while improving the water supply and biodiversity of South and Central Asia. As the flagship and indicator species of Asia’s headwater health, the snow leopard plays a key role in the project.
Snow Leopard Conservancy