Approach

 

A mother and child from Langu, Nepal

Quick Facts:

  • Local communities are the front line in preserving the biodiversity of Central Asia’s high mountains.
  • The Conservancy advances community based stewardship of the snow leopard through education, research and grassroots conservation action

The Snow Leopard Conservancy believes that snow leopards are best protected through conservation efforts that grow from within communities living with the cats. These communities are the front line in preserving the biodiversity of Central Asia’s high mountains. We recognize and appreciate the unique opinions and ideas of each individual and each community, while they help us to determine the key factors threatening the cat, its prey and its habitat. We offer material support and planning assistance in exchange for a community’s agreement to assume the primary responsibility for protecting snow leopards and other wildlife.

We facilitate grassroots action to address the conflicts between snow leopards and the people who share their habitat. We help communities to better manage their livestock and protect it from snow leopards. Our approach is partly a local empowerment scheme, partly a blueprint for cooperatively building predator-proof corrals and partly a hands-on education program.

We work with local partners to provide needed technical assistance, grants and incentives for community-based activities, linked to specific stewardship and biodiversity conservation commitments, and designed to maximize community “ownership,” long-term self-reliance, and ecosystem health.

Program Objectives

Some Examples of our Collaborative Activities