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International Snow Leopard Forum and its ecosystems
(August 25, 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic)

Snow leopard (Panthera uncia) - One of the most mysterious and still poorly studied animals in the world. Snow leopard is not only a sacred symbol for many peoples, the "spirit" of inaccessible and majestic mountains, but also one of the important indicators of the health of high mountain ecosystems. These ecosystems represent the accumulation and release of water consumed by one third of the world's population, and also support the pastoral and agricultural needs of the local population whose welfare depends on the state of biodiversity and the conservation of biological resources.
There are only 12 countries of the snow leopard habitat in the world (Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). Within these 12 countries on the territory of almost 2 million square meters, according to various estimates, there are from 3,000 to 7,000 snow leopards.
Aware of the exceptional importance of preserving the snow leopard, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambaev in 2013, initiated the World Forum on the Protection of the Snow Leopard in the Kyrgyz Republic in order to attract world attention to the threat of snow leopard disappearance, to find solution on cardinal steps to preserve the population of these rare animals and discuss the problems of protecting its habitats.
The World Forum initiative was supported in all 12 countries of the snow leopard habitat, as well as supported by international and non-governmental organizations involved in the conservation of nature.
The results of the World Forum will give a powerful impetus to the development and expansion of cooperation with the countries of the range, international financial institutions and organizations, as well as with key experts in the field of conservation of the snow leopard and biodiversity. The World Forum succeeded in creating for the first time a platform where political leaders from 12 countries of the snow leopard habitat came together to work together to protect the snow leopard and highland ecosystems.
As a result of the event, the Bishkek Declaration supporting the seven-year Global Program for the Conservation of the Snow Leopard and Its Ecosystems (Global Program) was adopted with the main goal of securing 20 landscapes of the snow leopard habitat by 2020.
The Secretariat of the Global Program was established in Bishkek. October 23rd is declared the Day of Snow Leopard.
The Steering Committee of the Global Program was formed, where the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was officially elected as the Chairman of the Steering Committee, and the Kyrgyz Republic voted as the co-chairing country.
August 25, 2017 in Bishkek on the initiative of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambaev. The International Forum on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems will be held.
The present forum is aimed to attract and broadening the understanding of the political, scientific, economic elite and the general public to the issues of conservation of the snow leopard population, the expansion of favorable conditions for its existence within its natural ecosystems.
It is expected that the Forum will create a powerful incentive for deepening bilateral and regional cooperation on environmental protection.
Heads of states and governments of the countries-areal and donor countries, ministerial delegations, representatives of international organizations, academic and scientific circles are invited to participate in the Forum. As a result of the event, the relevant document will be adopted.
The organizer of the event are the Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Secretriat of the Global Program.
 More detailed information:
Secretariat for the Сonservation of the Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems
Address: 720001, Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek, Gorky st, 142
Tel: +996 312 56 41 95
E-mail: info@globalsnowlopard.org
website : www.globalsnowleopard.org

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