Countries pledge to strengthen snow leopard conservation
To strengthen regional snow leopard conservation, governments of India, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan have agreed to develop snow leopard monitoring protocols by integrating climate change impacts and adaption to snow leopard conservation in the region.
In Nepal, during a trans-boundary workshop organized by WWF Bhutan Living Himalayas Global Initiative (LHGI) and the Asia High Mountains Program, the four governments also agreed to increase resource mobilization for the conservation of the species.
At the conference, the governments also reviewed the Regional Snow Leopard Conservation Strategy for the Eastern Himalayas to develop a roadmap for the next three to five years.
The workshop recognized the importance to build on information and data sharing to enhance monitoring snow leopards in the region.
Snow leopard is an important indicative species for the Himalayas as its population and health also determines the health of the habitat that it lives in. Hence, the presence of Snow Leopards is significant in measure impacts of climate change in the region.