Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.
Project Snow Leopard:
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.
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.
- IUCN Conservation status of snow leopard.
- About Project Snow Leopard.
- Snow Leopards in India- distribution and conservation centres.
- About GSLEP.
- About Bishkek declaration.