SLF informs major stakeholders on developments on Global Snow Leopard Program in a national level meeting

  The Steering Committee Meeting of the National Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Priorities (NSLEP) was held on July 19th 2017 in Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad. Federal Secretary for Climate Change Syed Abu Ahmad Akif chaired the meeting. Representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change, Wildlife Departments of Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Azad-Jammu and Kashmir, non-profit organizations- SLF, WWF-Pakistan, and BWCDO attended the meeting. The agenda of the meeting included recommendations for the Snow Leopard Forum 2017 to be held in third week of August this year in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Inspector General Forests Syed Mahmood Nasir shared the structure of NSLEP, background of formation of GSLEP and its progress in Pakistan. Dr. Muhammad Ali Nawaz presented the agenda of the Forum 2017 and proposed thematic recommendations for the Forum. The participants deliberated on thematic areas of the Forum, and provided recommendations for the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) and Research & Monitoring of snow leopard. Suggestions for capacity building of custom officials, strengthening the legislation, inter provincial coordination and collaboration were given by the participants of the meeting. Information sharing among range countries and formation of coordinating body on federal level was also suggested. On research and monitoring of snow leopard, the participants of the meeting emphasized on establishing baseline on prey base, diet of snow leopard, genetic, population estimate and identification of hotspots. Besides the GSLEP summit agenda, the Federal Secretary for Climate Change shared his views on the importance of livestock insurance scheme, he stressed for local community support in snow leopard conservation as local community holds a key role in this process. The participants of the meeting gave suggestions in this regard and also shared ideas about applying new techniques to minimize livestock predations. The status and performance of nature clubs also came into discussion. The Federal Secretary told the participants that progress of nature clubs needs to be monitored and evaluated in order to improvise their working and productivity. One of the participants suggested to include the nature clubs in Green Pakistan Programme. SLF delegation informed about nature clubs established in SLF program regions and their active participation in environmental education activities including celebration of international days relevant to wildlife and environment. The Federal Secretary was of the view that all organizations should emphasis and work on students interaction with local communities for capacity building as well as to build comfort level.