18-19 August, Thimphu. Wildlife Conservation Division, Department of Forest and Park Services organized a two day consultation workshop on Snow Leopard Conservation Program at the NRDCL hall, Thimphu. The two days workshop focused on National Snow Leopard Ecosystem & Protection Program planned for seven years, the two years implementation plan & end outcomes, sharing of research findings on Snow Leopard from the Wangchuck Centennial Park and Jigme Dorji National Park.
The main objectives of the workshop were to review & work on the Snow Leopard national survey, the survey methodology & protocol and developing a work plan for the national Snow Leopard survey. A core team is also formed comprising of representatives from Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Environmental Conservation (UWICE), RDC Yusipang, Jigme Dorji National Park, Toorsa Strict Nature Reserve and Wangchuck Centennial Park. Further focals from each Snow Leopard range parks and territorial division are already appointed.
The department aims to do the nationwide Snow Leopard Survey with the preliminary works such as sign and questionnaire survey expected to commence from October this year in relevant parks & territorial division. The workshop reviewed and identified the budget gaps for carrying out the national survey and proposals will be developed to explore potential donors and where applicable species activities from on-going projects will be re-aligned towards meeting this national objective.
The workshop was supported through the WWF funded project on “Sustaining Livelihoods for Ecosystem: Eco-life” and will also be partially supporting the national survey works.
Submitted by Wildlife Conservation Division
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