Tajikistan is a party to the Bishkek Declaration on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard since 2012. Within the frame of the Bishkek Declaration, the Global Program for the Conservation of the Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems (GSLEP, 2013) seeks to unite the range countries of the snow leopard in order to jointly recognize threats to the snow leopard and commit themselves to coordinated national and international actions. The basis of the GSLEP is a set of 12 national priorities for the conservation of the snow leopard and its ecosystems developed by each country of the range.
Tajikistan, in order to support the implementation of key priorities, has developed a strategy of measures that is the basis of the GEF-UNDP project “Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Pamir-Alai and Tien Shan Ecosystems for Conservation of the Snow Leopard and Sustainable Communities in Tajikistan”. Target objectives of the project: (1) to prevent further fragmentation of the landscapes of the snow leopard and its food objects in Tajikistan, (2) maintaining and / or restoring the quality of key habitats of the snow leopard and its feed objects on these landscapes; (3) improving the sustainability of pastures and forests in the key habitats of the snow leopard and its feed objects; (4) reduction of direct threats to the survival of snow leopard populations and its feed objects in the habitat of the Snow Leopard.
A special permanent advisory body (national committee) was created with the participation of multidisciplinary national specialists and experts to develop recommendations and proposals in the working process of the project.
On March 7, 2020, in order to develop mechanisms for fulfilling strategic tasks and activities in 2020, the next meeting of the National Committee was held. The meeting reviewed the results and recommendations of the mid-term evaluation of the project, the adopted statement of the GSLEP regional managing committee and its application in Tajikistan, methods and approaches to the implementation of the project programs for 2020.
The following issues were considered and discussed in the discussions:
• Collaboration with international consultants
• SMART patrolling and application of mobile technologies;
• SLIM monitoring;
• Regional cooperation;
• Testing of innovative regional GSLEP programs and participation in snow leopard events;
• Action plan and development of mechanisms for its implementation;
• Monitoring of the Small Grants Program and assessment of their socio-economic effectiveness;
• Information programs and events in the format of regions and the whole country;
• Support for international initiatives of the Government of the RT and preparation of website events in their format;
• Publications and PR materials;