SLN Webinar – Climate risk for communities’ livelihoods & its implications for human-wildlife conflict


Climate change is perhaps the overarching threat to snow leopards and their habitat. Knowledge about its impact on the species, its habitat and the people who share that habitat is growing but still remains incomplete and fragmentary. As our understanding of climate change impacts changes over time the Snow Leopard Network hopes to bring together experts and resource persons together to open up perspectives and share ideas for the way forward. Join us on this 3rd webinar with a focus on climate change as we continue to share the latest thinking and evidence that is emerging on this key issue. We are particularly pleased to welcome Dr. Eirini Skrimizea, a postdoctoral researcher who focusses on the governance of socio-ecological development and the social aspects of climate change.  

About the talk

How does climate change affect snow leopards and may intensify human-wildlife conflict?

Why is it relevant to conduct climate risk assessments focusing on communities’ livelihoods and their interaction with wildlife, and how to do so?

What is the added value of such climate risk assessments to snow leopard conservation programmes and goals?

During this seminar, Dr. Eirini Skrimizea will address these questions drawing insights from the climate risk assessment the Eurac Research team conducted in Kyrgyzstan for UNEP’s “Vanishing Treasures Programme – Snow Leopard in Central Asia’ component”.

The Vanishing Treasures Programme aims at protecting mountain flagship species generating maximum synergy between climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation; the climate risk assessment has been a crucial analytical step to understand and structure the climate risk so as to ensure climate-smart and climate-proof conservation actions. The talk will discuss the role and step-by-step methodology of this climate risk assessment with the goal to support the transferability of the approach to other communities and contexts.  Dr. Ranjini Murali, who has been supporting the social, policy and on-ground implementation of the Vanishing  Treasures Programme in Kyrgyzstan, will facilitate the webinar and the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Ulukbek Visid uulu as discussant.

About Our Guest – Eirini Skrimizea

Dr. Eirini Skrimizea is a post-doctoral researcher and graduate teaching associate at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven in Belgium. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in surveying engineering, spatial planning and sustainability studies. She holds a joint PhD degree in Urban Studies from Gran Sasso Science Institute and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and has worked at INRA, Eurac Research and DG ECHO of the European Commission. Her research focuses on the accelerated intensification of human-environment interactions covering themes such as the development-climate change nexus, community resilience, sustainable agriculture and food systems, with case-study research in Africa, Asia and Europe.

About Our Discussant – Ulukbek Visid uulu

Ulukbek Visid uulu, Program coordinator at Snow Leopard Trust, has a proven track record of 7 years in public policy and public administration at all levels, from local authorities to the government. Strongly skilled in legislation analysis, policy advocacy, monitoring and evaluation of governmental action plans/programs, partnership building and interaction with public/private organizations, CSOs engagement in government processes. Has extensive knowledge on handling cross-functional tasks related to policy development and its advocacy within public service and project management at international organizations.

He spent four years with the GSLEP building partnerships with local communities in rural areas to create an alternative sustainable source of income.

About Our Facilitator – Ranjini Murali

Dr. Ranjini Murali had over ten years experience working in snow leopard landscapes. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Biography Lab in Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She works on understanding the impacts sudden of institutional changes on large carnivore populations. She’s also a conservation scientist with the Snow Leopard Trust and affiliated with the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Programme (GSLEP).


Monday, October 10th, 2022, at 15:30 pm Bishkek time


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Did you miss our other Climate Change focussed Webinars on SLN?

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