Training the staff of wildlife sanctuary and the public rangers in the Shakhristan district helped to increase the knowledge of participants about the snow leopard and improve their skills in monitoring wildlife and its inhabitants.
36 people were involved in the four-day training, including experienced staff of the specially protected nature area of Shakhristan and public activists, who are planned to be involved in order to increase contribution of local communities in wildlife protection. The training was organized as part of the UNDP-GEF project on the snow leopard ecosystems conservation in cooperation with local partners.
The training program provided for a theoretical part, during which experts told about direction and approaches to implement the snow leopard conservation initiative in key habitats of this predator, emphasizing one of the important aspects - strengthening capacity in wildlife monitoring. The main goal and accompanying monitoring tasks, successful approaches, previously implemented in other countries, new practical and technological methods in monitoring and wild animals accounting were also presented.
In practical part, the participants were divided into working groups, with task to develop a schematic map of the protected area, indicating the local animal species and their approximate habitat. Results were presented by the participants, they also talked about used methodology for monitoring and accounting local animals in controlled areas.
According to rangers, a presence of the snow leopard on the territory of Shakhristan at altitudes of 2000 - 3000 m was observed several times during 2014-2015.
In the following days, the project specialists demonstrated various models of photo-traps and GPS navigators, giving details about their functionality and usage features. To consolidate the information, practical classes were organized in the fields for the test photo traps setting in the nearest territories, where participants actively displayed the knowledge gained at the training.