Celebrating 20 years of the Snow Leopard Network

It all started back in 2002 – twenty years ago. The Snow Leopard Survival Summit brought together over 60 experts from 17 countries to develop what was to become the Snow Leopard Survival Strategy. From that meeting the Snow Leopard Network was founded with a Steering Committee of eight elected members. Many of the 2002 Summit participants, are still working in snow leopard conservation today. Now, with over 500 members and 28 organisations, the Snow Leopard Network provides a platform for an increasing number of practitioners across Asia and the world around snow leopard conservation.

Join us on September 13th, 2022, where we will take the opportunity to look back and highlight some key moments and achievements of the Network. We are bringing together 5 distinguished Steering Committee members from different periods of time to share experiences and reflections through photographic images and their accounts. We will also use this opportunity to look to the future of the Network.   

The format of the Celebratory Session will include a rolling photo-montage of SLN’s timeline by our 5 previous Steering Committee members. Each will span a different moment and perspective on the evolution of snow leopard conservation as a science and discipline. Tom McCarthy will open the timeline with an account of why SLN came into being. Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Muhammad Ali Nawaz, Sibylle Noras will take the story up to 2019 noting changes in conservation thinking over this time. Lingyun Xiao will take us to the present day and take stock.  This travel in time will be followed by a round table discussion exploring what have been the critical factors at play in snow leopard conservation, how these have changed, and may change in the future.

We also warmly welcome other SLN members who have taken part over time – either through the Grants Program (past recipients), as SC chairs and members, or in other capacities – who would like to join the discussion and share their insights.

Join us in celebrating the history of snow leopard conservation over the last 20 years!


Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, at 11:00am Bishkek time


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