Establishing Cooperation and Fostering Partnerships for Conservation of Ecosystems of Snow LeopardNov 4, 2016
Priorities of cooperation with partners on the issues of conservation of
snow leopards’ ecosystems and providing sustainable livelihoods of local
communities were the purpose of the round table, held on November 4, 2016, in
Dushanbe and devoted to the International Snow Leopard Day, celebrated on 23rd
With the purpose of obtaining information and assessing capacities of partners, a series of field works was carried out by the UNDP/GEF project "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pamir Alay and Tien Shan Ecosystems for Snow Leopard Protection and Sustainable Community Livelihoods" from October 05-27, 2016, in Turkestan, Kuramin, Zeravshan, Hissar-Karategin mountain ranges, Gorno-Badakhshan, and Tavildara and Jirgatol districts.
Based on the information collected, the “Round Table on Discussing Priorities for Cooperation with Partners in Conservation of Snow Leopards’ Ecosystems in Tajikistan” was held on November 4, 2016, aimed at establishing cooperation and identifying partners for further planning and implementation of project activities. Potential partners from such government institutions as the Committee for Environmental Protection, Forestry Agency and other establishments, and international organizations, including GIZ, Panthera and UNEP took part in the round table (35 participants).
The high relevance of the snow leopards’ protection issue was emphasized by the Head of Programme Unit, Assistant to UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Mubin Rustamov. In his speech, he mentioned that Tajikistan is one of the priority partners for the United Nations Development Programme, and that cooperation in the implementation of national environmental projects is strategically important.
Mr. Neimatullo Safarov, the Project Manager, made a presentation on the project goals and objectives, its components and the implementation progress. The main part of the round table was devoted to the discussion between users of natural resources, representatives of research institutions and international organizations. One of the challenging issues, which generated keen interest among the participants, was the conflict between natural resource users and snow leopards, as well as the issues related to the need for conservation of snow leopards’ ecosystems. Valuable suggestions on project implementation were received and potential partners and areas of cooperation were identified as the result of the discussion, which would be accounted during the preparation of the work plan for 2017 and in further perspective.
Mr. Safarbek Soliev, Programme Analyst, UNDP Tajikistan, e-mail: email@example.com