What Is the International Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Forum?
There are as few as 4,000 snow leopards remaining in the wild according to the Snow Leopard Trust. What makes the situation worse is that one is killed every day. A petition to the world leaders was launched to save the snow leopard. And as the Kyrgyz Republic is a homeland to snow leopards too, it is holding an event dedicated to saving them in less than two weeks, the International Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Forum.
The forum will bring together representatives of the twelve snow leopard range countries. The event aims to strengthen the existing efforts of the range countries to protect the snow leopard. The ambitious target is to get international support for securing 20 snow leopard landscapes by 2020.
Apart from the snow leopard range countries representatives, the forum will also be attended by other representatives of the conservation community — interested countries and leaders from international institutions, donor agencies, conservation organizations and scientific institutions.
The International Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Forum will take place in the Kyrgyz Republic on August 24th and 25th. The Kyrgyz Republic actively takes part in the worldwide effort to protect the snow leopard. Back in 2013 the Kyrgyz Republic held the first-ever Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum in Bishkek, which resulted in the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Plan.