Source: Press Information Bureau
In a boost towards protecting and conserving Snow Leopards, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched the First National Protocol on Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India, on the occasion of International Snow Leopard Day and the 4th meeting of Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program
Who developed it?
It has been developed by scientific experts in association with the Snow Leopard States/UTs namely, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
Countries with Snow Leopard are;
India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
4th steering committee meeting of the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program
- It was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change at New Delhi
- The 4th Steering Committee meeting of the GSLEP was attended by Ministers from Nepal, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia along with senior officials from nine of the Snow Leopard countries.
- The Steering Committee meeting of GSLEP chaired by Nepal and Co-Chaired by Kyrgyzstan shared their experiences to intensify collaborative efforts towards conserving the Snow Leopards and its ecosystem.
Population Assessment of the World’s Snow Leopards (PAWS) and India’s Role
- India has ratified and played an important role in the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), a high-level inter-governmental alliance of all the 12 snow leopard range countries.
- These Governments have jointly initiated an effort to conduct Population Assessment of the World’s Snow Leopards, or PAWS.
- Recognizing the importance of understanding snow leopard occurrence and status for conservation planning, the Government of India has launched India’s PAWS effort, referred to here as the ‘Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India (SPAI)’, which is expected to lead to scientifically robust national and state-wise population estimates of this endangered and elusive cat across its high altitude habitat, both inside and outside protected areas