SLF Team Met with Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan Dr. Kazim Niaz in Gilgit

Snow Leopard Foundation team led by Dr. Muhammad Ali Nawaz met with Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Dr. Kazim Niaz on May 25, 2017 at CS Secretariat in Gilgit. Dr. Ali Nawaz informed the Chief Secretary about SLF ongoing projects in GB region and also gave a brief introduction about Pakistan Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program. Giving the details of the PSLEP Dr. Ali shared the project components and outcomes with the Chief Secretary. The project covers landscapes in GB, KPK and AJK. It was also mentioned during the briefing that GB holds the largest area in the project landscapes. Basic components of PSLEP includes landscape management and community support projects and activities. Dr. Ali stated that the objective of the project is to conserve and protect the snow leopard habitat and its ecosystem, another component is to enhance the livelihood of local communities living in the in snow leopard range lands. One of the important aspects of this project is to address the human-animal issue which not only cause livestock losses to villagers but also damages the relationship between local communities and SLF and other government and non-government organizations working in the conservation of wildlife and environment in the region. The Livestock Vaccination program by SLF is part of this effort to reduce livestock mortality due to diseases, improve the productivity of the stock and provide indirect compensation to the predation effected families. Speaking after the presentation, the Chief Secretary GB Dr. Kazim Niaz appreciated the work and efforts of Snow Leopard Foundation to protect the snow leopard and at the same time contributing in the enhancement of livelihood of the communities living in snow leopard habitat. The honorable Chief Secretary offered full support of GB government and its departments in conservation and environmental protection projects and activities of SLF. He also emphasized on introducing new initiatives towards eco-tourism which would make a positive impact on GB landscapes and also help local communities to find new avenues for improving their livelihoods. Snow Leopard Foundation Pakistan (SLF), is dedicated for the conservation of snow leopard, its prey species and habitat in Pakistan for 11 years and initiated several projects to protect Snow Leopard and its habitat. The snow leopard program aims at conserving snow leopard and its fragile ecosystem by improving knowledge through community based sustainable conservation actions. SLF is also engaged in community support projects to improve livelihoods through training and capacity building in livestock and natural resource management. Pakistan is among twelve countries where snow leopard is found and it is placed in red list of most endangered species by IUCN.
SLF Team Met with Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan

SLF Team met with Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan