Welcome to the Snow Leopard Network’s (SLN) first Summer online research and conservation exchange course. It consists of a series of mini-modules, each for 2 hours, in which participants build their skills and knowledge on a range of critical snow leopard related conservation tools.

The 2022 mini-module themes were chosen based on feedback from SLN members. Our Resource Team are individual and organisational members from the Snow Leopard Network, drawing on their extensive knowledge and experience. We are very appreciative of our Resource Team finding time to join us in this effort and we look forward to members taking advantage of this exceptional opportunity. Enjoy the sessions and feel free to share your feedback!

“By analysing the many facets of conservation, this course will help researchers employ interdisciplinary solutions to address the complexities of studying snow leopards and engaging communities in conservation projects.”

2022 participant

Week 1: Mountain Ungulates
Hosted by Dr. Munib Khanyari Asia’s mountain ungulates play an important role in maintaining ecosystems by influencing vegetation structure and nutrient cycling. There is a need for more information about the population status of these ungulates, which carries special significance in the protection of the snow leopard across its range ...
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Week 2: Climate Change 
Dr. Eirini Skrimizea Participatory climate risk assessment for integrating climate change considerations into development and conservation efforts. Climate risk assessments allow to understand climate risk and vulnerabilities, and can support in identifying and selecting adaptation strategies aligned with development goals and conservation efforts. The meaningful inclusion of the communities in ...
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Week 3: Participatory methods/right-based approaches to research and conservation
Dr. Sahil Nijhawan Significant focus has been placed on community-based conservation in recent decades. However, much purported community-based conservation research and practice continues to be top-down, where local people are seen as beneficiaries and stakeholders, but not right-holders. In this workshop, using case studies, we will explore efforts to make ...
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Week 4: Community Conservation 
Ajay Bijoor and Deepshikha Sharma Engaging and partnering with such local communities is critical to the success of conservation efforts. The PARTNERS principles offer a framework to consciously and effectively engage communities. This approach of eight broad principles can offer support to not only conservationists but anyone who is engaging ...
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Week 5: Identify Carnivore Signs 
Dr. Orjan Johansson + Dr. Koustubh Sharma Carnivores leave behind signs- such as tracks, droppings, sprays and carcasses. They also can be heard- making unique sounds. The team will discuss how researchers can distinguish between the unique signs of felids (snow leopards, lynx etc.) and canids (wolves, feral dogs, red ...
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Week 6: Camera traps in the field 
Dr. Koustubh Sharma & Purevjav Lkhagvajav (Pujii) Camera traps are an important tool for snow leopard research and conservation. In this session we will share tips on best practices for setting up camera traps in the mountains for specific purposes and optimal device settings. The team will discuss camera trap ...
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Congratulations for completing this on-line module!

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