USAID Central Asia Regional Snow Leopard Conservation Project

USAID Launches Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities Project

11/30/2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the World Wild Fund – U.S. (WWF-U.S.), is launching a four-year regional project entitled “Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities Project” that will be implemented in Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan. USAID Representative Carey N. Gordon will announce the launch of the project at the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Workshop on December 1, 9:00 a.m. at the Ak-Keme Hotel in Bishkek (93 Prospect Mira).

The $4.7 million project will help improve livelihoods and motivate local communities to engage in conservation of snow leopards. The primary goal of the project is to stimulate greater understanding and action at local, national and regional levels across snow leopard range countries to help conserve this iconic and endangered species. The project will also connect snow leopard conservation to a broader set of environmental, economic, and social issues with consequences for Asia’s future sustainability including local livelihoods, water and food security, and climate change adaptation.

The project will help improve livelihoods and motivate local communities to engage in both conservation of snow leopards and prey species as well as sustainable management of high mountain landscapes. This will strengthen community institutions and mechanisms related to management, equitable benefit sharing and access to natural resources. The program will empower indigenous, poor, marginalized and vulnerable communities, especially women and support alternative livelihoods to reduce dependence on natural resources, which will include ecotourism development.

This project is one of many assistance projects supported by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information about USAID, please visit our website at: http://kyrgyzstan.usaid.gov

Duration :

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 17:30 to Friday, September 30, 2016 - 09:30
Funding Source: 
USAID
Partners: 
WWF, USAID, Govts of Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan