Design Criteria
Linkage with Biodiversity Conservation
We invest in a community with the primary objective of conserving snow leopards and other mountain biodiversity. This linkage is constantly reinforced during village mobilization and planning meetings, so that it becomes associated with the project activities we support.
Reciprocal Contribution
All stakeholders (villager, NGO, or government) must make a reciprocal contribution, within their means, to compliment that being made by the Conservancy. This may be in the form of in-kind services such as materials and labor, which are valued using existing market rates.
Strong commitment to active and equitable participation is expected from each involved stakeholder through the life of the project, from planning to implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. The project activities should benefit as many individuals and households as possible, and be sensitive to matters of ethnic or economic equity and gender.
The beneficiary community must be willing to assume all or significant responsibility for repairing and maintaining any infrastructural improvements we provide.
Monitoring & Evaluation
The stakeholders must be willing to employ simple but realistic indicators for measuring project performance and impact, according to a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (part of the overall Action Plan).