China may hold as many as half of the remaining wild snow leopards and is home to over one third of the world’s snow leopard habitat. China is perhaps the most challenging country in which Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program operates, but it cannot be ignored. Panthera initiated and funded a range-wide conservation planning meeting for snow leopards in Beijing 2008. Mapping outputs from this conference have helped to identify critical gaps in our knowledge of snow leopard ecology and conservation threats.
In 2009, Panthera entered into a long-term agreement with the Chinese NGO Shan Shui and the Snow Leopard Trust to establish a comprehensive snow leopard program in Qinghai, and in neighboring portions of Tibet and Gansu. China will play a very important role in the overall Panthera snow leopard strategy for the foreseeable future. Program activities will include mapping of snow leopard range, interviews with local communities, assessments of threats to the species’ survival, and establishing community-based conservation projects in key sites.
- Immediate surveys in Qinghai, and later in Gansu and Tibet
- Mapping snow leopard habitat in Sanjiangyuan area base on remote sensing
- Snow leopard habitat field survey
- Community based snow leopard monitoring with Buddhist monasteries as the focal points
- Field training course for staff in Qinghai province
- Shan Shui Conservation Center
- Snow Leopard Trust (SLT)
- Peking University (through graduate students and faculty participation)
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