On the eve of the Global Snow Leopard Forum, a meeting was held with the GSLEP Secretariat
The International Forum 2017, dedicated to the protection of the snow leopard and its ecosystems, is designed to strengthen the interaction of stakeholders in SL range countries with international donors, environmental and scientific organizations in order to consolidate efforts in conservation of the snow leopard and its ecosystems. The forthcoming event is scheduled to be held from 24 to 25 August in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center team met with the Head, national and international experts of the Secretariat to discuss the initiative on sustainable management of high mountain ecosystems in Tajikistan, aimed at preserving the snow leopard and sustainable livelihoods of the mountain communities, as well as the concept of the regional initiative, which is scheduled for presentation at the forthcoming Forum.
The specialists of the National center and the Secretariat discussed the existing areas of bilateral cooperation, in particular, on the development of an effective plan for managing high-mountain landscapes, raising the level of awareness of the mountain population and their involvement in the sustainable nature management process, reducing the conflict-forming factors between man and snow leopard etc.
GSLEP Secretariat experts shared the successful experience of earlier implemented initiatives and provided a number of important resource materials that can serve as a basis for the development of national approaches and mechanisms in the issue of sustainable management and conservation of landscapes in the snow leopard habitat.
Participants also discussed the current status of the implementation of the national initiative on the conservation of the snow leopard and its ecosystems in Tajikistan, the progress achieved and identified aspects in which bilateral cooperation will be expedient and effective.
During the visit to Bishkek, a working meeting was also held with one of the leading environmental non-profit organizations of Kyrgyzstan - BIOM. The organization's activities are aimed at achieving sustainable positive changes in the quality of the environment and people's lives through the involvement of broad groups of people in the implementation of sustainable development and conservation of natural ecosystems.
Specialists of the National Center and BIOM discussed successful practices and approaches of earlier implemented initiatives focused mainly on the sustainable conservation of natural ecosystems involving the rural population, both in the decision-making process itself and in the direct implementation of practical measures. The meeting also outlined potential areas for further interaction and implementation of environmental initiatives.
The past meetings and the agreements reached during them helped to strengthen the status of regional cooperation in key areas, the results of which will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.