President of the Kyrgyz Republic
Almazbek Atambayev is the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. He has been a global leader in the protection of the endangered snow leopard for many years. In 2013, he initiated and hosted the 1st Global Forum on Snow Leopard Conservation in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital. This event resulted in the signing of the Bishkek Declaration, and the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program, the first range-wide initiative to save this iconic cat.
To further strengthen the process and move it forward, President Atambayev has initiated the 2017 Global Snow Leopard Forum.