Meeting of the National Steering Committee for Project Snow Leopard, India

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Government of India
12th March 2011

Press Note

Meeting of the National Steering Committee for Project Snow Leopard

The Project Snow Leopard (PSL), inaugurated in January 2009, is a participatory conservation programme of the Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) for strengthening wildlife conservation in the unique high altitudes of India. This pioneering initiative aims at holistic conservation of Snow Leopard landscapes with the inclusion and support of local communities, civil society organizations and reputed scientists. The 2nd meeting of the National Steering Committee for this project took place on 11th March 2011 and was chaired by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C) Shri Jairam Ramesh. In addition to the senior officials from the five Snow Leopard states of India, the committee includes scientists and experts from Nature Conservation Foundation, Wildlife Institute of India, World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife trust of India, all of whom attended the meeting. Most importantly, representatives of the army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, who have a large presence in all snow leopard areas, were also present for dialogue.

Various developments and bottlenecks of the project were deliberated. The committee reviewed the progress made by individual states in identifying Snow Leopard landscapes on a scientific basis and preparing appropriate Management Plans. The participants also discussed critical issues regarding streamlining of mechanisms for state-wise disbursement of funds. All states suggested the need for greater capacity building, improvement of facilities, and providing “difficult-area” incentives to field staff vital impetus for improving on-ground monitoring and protection.

The Committee has decided to streamline the preparation of Management Plans by issuing guidelines to all member states based on the extensive work done by Nature Conservation Foundation in Himachal Pradesh. NCF was also identified as the anchor institution for all technical and scientific matters related to the Snow Leopard Project.

The Minister also identified the need for a more structured dialogue with the Army and the ITBP, to facilitate a deeper involvement of these bodies in conservation issues in the snow leopard landscapes. In conclusion, Shri Jairam Ramesh underscored the importance of involving international expertise and exchanging know-how on snow leopard conservation, and proposed the idea of India hosting an international conference on conservation of snow leopards and mountain landscapes.

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  1. MoEF Releases Addendum on Project Snow Leopard Proceeding

    Wednesday, 06 April 2011 08:51 Written by Dinesh Singh Rawat New Delhi (ABC Live): Ministry of Environment & Forests on Tuesday issued Addendum in Record of proceedings of the 2″d Meeting of the National Steering Committee of Project Slow Leopard held at New Delhi on 11.03.201-1

    As per released statement The following should be substituted in 3’d paragraph on page 2 after first sentence ending” …consultation Wlt.,,: “The representatives from Sikkim informed that Army, BRO and ITBP were

    important stakeholders in the project as they were dependent on trees for firewood, and their movement adversely impacts snow leopord and other wild, and domestic animals in the area. lt was suggested that BRO shoutd be included in the SteeringC ommittee.

    A brief presentation was mode by Shri Aishwaryo Maheshwari, on WWF, work on snow leopard and identification of potential sites for snow leopord conservation the States of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.”

    The following words shall be added at the end of the last sentence in the 1st Paragraph ending on page 3 after, nodal point for PSL:”and representative(s) of WWF lndia may be included in the National Committee and Core Group of PSL.”

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