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Project Snow Leopard

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.

Project Snow Leopard:


Context:

International Snow Leopard Day was observed on 23 October.

  • The day came into being with the adoption of the Bishkek Declaration by 12 countries on the conservation of snow leopards.

HimalSanrakshak:

On this day this year, the Indian government has launched community volunteer programme “HimalSanrakshak” to protect snow leopards.

Snow Leopard conservation in India:

  • India has been conserving snow leopard and its habitat through the Project Snow Leopard (PSL).
  • India is also party to the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Programme since 2013.
  • For conservation, India has identified three large landscapes, namely, Hemis-Spiti across Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh; Nanda Devi – Gangotri in Uttarakhand; and Khangchendzonga – Tawang across Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Project Snow Leopard (PSL) was launched in 2009 to promote an inclusive and participatory approach to conserve snow leopards and their habitat.
  • Snow Leopard is in the list of 21 critically endangered species for the recovery programme of the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. IUCN Conservation status of snow leopard.
  2. About Project Snow Leopard.
  3. Snow Leopards in India- distribution and conservation centres.
  4. About GSLEP.
  5. About Bishkek declaration.

Sources: PIB.