With support from SOS - Save Our Species, the Snow Leopard Trust and its NGO partner in Pakistan, Snow Leopard Foundation, will initiate community-focused conservation programs to curb poaching and retribution killing of Snow Leopards in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan Province. In particular, the project will target villages within Central Karakoram Conservation Complex (CKCC), and areas that includes Central Karakorum National Park (CNKP) and adjoining valleys, and which is thought to have the highest concentrations of Snow Leopards in Pakistan.
To address these issues facing Snow Leopards, the project team will work with communities to start economic development programs linked to conservation. These programs—a Livestock Insurance Program and a Livestock Vaccination Program—have been proven to help ameliorate tensions between herders and Snow Leopards. Through the Livestock Insurance Program, households can insure livestock and receive compensation for animals lost to such predator species. The Livestock Vaccination Program reduces the number of livestock lost to disease so herders can more readily tolerate livestock losses to predation. The effectiveness of these programs will be augmented with educational outreach activities aimed at building greater awareness and appreciation for Snow Leopards.