Bhutan’s delegation led by Honorable Speaker, National Assembly, Parliament of Bhutan participated in the First High Level Steering Committee Meeting of Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program at Bishkek, Krygz Republic 19-20 March 2015. This meeting is a continued joint effort of the twelve range countries following the Bishkek Declaration which was adopted in October 2013 at the Global Forum on Snow Leopard Conservation under the leadership of the President of the Krygz Republic Almazbek Atambayev. This global program intends to ensure the long term survival of the snow leopard in its natural ecosystem. This initiative is a joint venture of the governments of the range counties, civil society, international organizations and the private sector.
The main objectives of the meeting were to review progress of Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem and Protection Program through the progress of National Snow Leopard Ecosystem Programs in the twelve Snow Leopard range countries, status of the development of the landscape management plans, discuss the strategies and short term goals for resource mobilization, reviewing and confirming the roles and responsibilities of the then working secretariat and now ‘Global Secretariat’. For the next two years, the global secretariat will be Chaired by Pakistan and Co-Chaired by Krgyz Reepublic. The meeting also endorsed the resolutions of the meeting and each range country shared their commitment towards the conservation of Snow leopard.
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