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Conservation of Snow Leopards and their critical ecosystem in Afghanistan


Titre : Conservation of Snow Leopards and their critical ecosystem in Afghanistan

Pays : Afghanistan

Durée : June 2016 — June 2018

The project objective is to strengthen conservation of the snow leopard and its critical ecosystem in Afghanistan through a holistic and sustainable landscape approach that addresses existing and emerging threats. To achieve this objective, project activities will : i) reduce the illegal take and trade of snow leopards ; ii) minimize human snow leopard conflict through improved community involvement ; iii) introduce sustainable landscape approaches for the conservation of snow leopards and their critical ecosystem through addressing forest loss and land degradation ; and iv) improve knowledge management, education and outreach of available information on snow leopards through monitoring, evaluation and awareness activities. The project will strengthen conservation of snow leopards by reducing poaching. Community rangers and government officials will have increased capacity to undertake monitoring of leopard populations and control the illegal take and trade of snow leopards by enforcing regulations related to wildlife crime and illegal trade. Improved understanding of epidemiology will reduce transmission of diseases between domestic animals and wildlife such as snow leopards and their prey. Furthermore, predation on domestic livestock by snow leopards will be reduced to minimise incidences of retaliatory killing. The project will improve conservation of the ecosystems of the snow leopards and its prey. Improved understanding of snow leopards and their prey species will increase the availability of information to inform land-use and conservation planning. Pressure on critical ecosystems will be reduced by improving conservation compatible land-use planning and promoting reforestation and improved grazing practices. In addition, development of climate-change impact scenarios for Wakhan District will contribute towards planning for integration of climate resilient measures into land use and wildlife management plans. The project will improve awareness, knowledge and education concerning snow leopards, their prey species and the critical ecosystems upon which they depend. This will be done by enhancing research, knowledge management and awareness raising on the importance to biodiversity and its conservation. Improved knowledge sharing and awareness raising will occur at the national, provincial and local levels. Relevant knowledge and information will be transferred to all stakeholders to ensure that data and information collected will be used to inform planning and decision-making at all levels during and beyond the lifespan of the project.

Résultats attendus
* Illegal wildlife trade assessed and monitored. * Improved government capacity to combat illegal wildlife trade.* Human snow leopards conflict assessed and mitigated. * Improved understanding of snow leopard ecology to inform landscape approach to conservation. * Unsustainable grazing and fuelwood collection reduced through sustainable land use plans that promote conservation-compatible land uses and livelihoods. * The impacts of climate change on snow leopards and their ecosystem addressed through land use planning. * Knowledge management, education and outreach conducted to promote snow leopard conservation and trade reduction.

Organisme mise en œuvre : United Nations Development Programme

Financement : United Nations Development Program  ; Global Environment Fund Trustee
Budget : $243,621

Présentation : PNUD

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