Country Experts Meet in Bishkek Prior to International Forum

Senior officials from all 12 snow leopard range countries met in Bishkek on August 2nd and 3rd to finalize the agenda and key documents for the 2017 International Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Forum, scheduled for later this month.

Press release, 08/02/17.

The meeting’s main purpose is to review and finalize key documents that are to be adopted by country delegations at the International Forum. They include a draft of the Forum Declaration, recommendations from nine thematic expert groups for acceptance into country policies, and objectives of the Green Investment Forum, which will be held as a key side event to the Forum.


“At the upcoming Forum, we want to adopt Bishkek Declaration and a set of shared policy recommendations to help secure the future of the snow leopard”, says Abdylkalik Rustamov, the Director of the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry of the Kyrgyz Republic. “This meeting is a key step toward this goal”, he adds.

Officials from all twelve snow leopard range countries are attending the meeting, which takes place at Jannat Regency Hotel in Bishkek. The meeting is hosted by the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) Secretariat

Co-organizers and co-sponsors include the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Global Tiger Initiative Council (GTIC), Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Snow Leopard Trust (SLT), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF)


International Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Forum (Summit 2017)

The President of Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Almazbek Atambayev has invited the heads of States from the twelve snow leopard range countries to Bishkek on August 24-25, 2017 to the International Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Forum (Summit 2017).

The Forum will bring together heads of the Governments of the twelve snow leopard range countries and their representatives as well as of other interested nations with leaders from international institutions, donor agencies, conservation organizations and scientific institutions.

This high-level event aims to further strengthen the range countries’ ongoing effort to protect the snow leopard and to galvanize international support for their ambitious plan of securing 20 snow leopard landscapes by the year 2020.


If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Dr. Koustubh Sharma, International Coordinator of the GSLEP Program at

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