Rodney Jackson (far left) with other delegates at the Global Snow Leopard Forum (photo: Oleg Loginov)
In 2012, the Kyrgyzstan Head of State initiated a Ministry-level effort to create a Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Plan, modeled on the 2010 Global Tiger Initiative. Meetings were held in December 2012 and May 2013, attended by international NGOs including the Snow Leopard Conservancy and representatives of all twelve snow leopard range countries, for planning and development of key documents. In October 2013, delegates met at the Kyrgyz State Residence, where the Global Initiative was endorsed and signed by every range country. Participants set the goal of securing twenty landscape-level snow leopard populations by the year 2020. This means that each population will have at least 100 breeding age snow leopards, will have been conserved with the involvement of local communities, support adequate and secure prey populations, and have functional connectivity to other snow leopard landscapes, some of which cross international boundaries. “Secure 20 by 2020” will lay the foundation to reach the ultimate goal: ensuring that snow leopards remain the living icon of mountains of Asia for generations to come.
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