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Strategy for the Conservation of the Leopard in the Caucasus

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21 April 2010
Over the past years, WWF has undertaken considerable efforts to assess the status of the leopard in the Caucasus and developed approaches for its conservation. Considering the high ecological, cultural, and political diversity of the region, the poor economic situation in certain countries, and the fact that the leopard as a large carnivore is a conflicting species, it is obvious that the successful conservation of the species will not only depend on the knowledge and understanding of the experts, but rather on the favourable reception and implementation of a conservation strategy and action plans.
Back in 2008 WWF has together with the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group organized a workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia. During the three day workshop, the participants agreed on a long-term vision for the conservation of the leopard in the Caucasus ecoregion as: “Leopards and all wildlife prosper in natural habitats across the Caucasus ecoregion in harmony with people”. To achieve the vision, the mid-term goal has been defined as: “Ensure the conservation and sustainable management of viable meta-populations of leopard and wild prey and their habitats and build sustainable coexistence mechanisms with local communities across the Caucasus ecoregion”.
The results of the workshop ware consolidated in the “Strategy for the Conservation of the Leopard in the Caucasus Ecoregion” which offered for your attention.

Leopard - still patrolling the Caucasus ecoregion
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