November 4, 2016. UNDP / GEF project on the "Conservation and sustainable use of Pamir Alay and Tien Shan ecosystems for snow leopard protection and sustainable community livelihoods" held the Inception Workshop, at which achieved results and potential partners were discussed.
Results for the first three months of the project implementation and priorities for cooperation with partners in the conservation of snow leopard’s ecosystems, and ensure sustainable livelihoods of local communities were discussed during the meeting, which was held in Dushanbe. Potential partners from such government institutions as the Committee for Environmental Protection, Forestry Agency and other establishments, and international organizations, including GIZ, Panthera and UNEP took part in the meeting (35 participants).
With the purpose of obtaining information and assessing capacities of partners, a series of field works was carried out by the UNDP/GEF project from October 05-27, 2016, in Turkestan, Kuramin, Zeravshan, Hissar-Karategin mountain ranges, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tavildara and Jirgatol districts.
The high relevance of the snow leopards’ protection issue was emphasized by the Head of Programme Unit, Assistant to UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Mubin Rustamov. In his speech, he mentioned that Tajikistan is one of the priority partners for the United Nations Development Programme, and that cooperation in the implementation of national environmental projects is strategically important.
Mr. Neimatullo Safarov, the Project Manager, made a presentation on the project goals and objectives, its components and the implementation progress. The main part of the meeting was devoted to the discussion between users of natural resources, representatives of research institutions and international organizations. One of the challenging issues, which generated keen interest among the participants, was the conflict between natural resource users and snow leopards, as well as the issues related to the need for conservation of snow leopards’ ecosystems. Valuable suggestions on project implementation were received and potential partners and areas of cooperation were identified as the result of the discussion, which would be accounted during the preparation of the work plan for 2017 and in further perspective.