Govt to dole out huge sum for snow leopards' conservation

21st Jan, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

Kathmandu, Jan 21: The government is set to allocate a budget of Rs 50 million for various programmes directed at the efforts for conservation of the snow leopards in the Himalayas.

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Inaugurating the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystems Protection Programme (GSLEP) Second Steering Committee Meeting, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the budget would be used for establishment of a Himalayan Research Centre in Nepal.

The government plans to motivate the youths involved in the sector to undertake scientific research and investigation. GSLEP Steering Committee meeting concluded on Friday issuing a Kathmandu Declaration.

Speaking to the National News Agency (RSS), Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Dr Maheshwor Dhakal, said an agenda has been broached to open the Himalayan Research Centre in Nepal.

Of the 12 countries where snow leopards are found, ministers from six countries including Nepal and secretaries and officials from other countries took part in the steering committee meeting.

Snow leopards are found in Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Mongolia, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The population of the snow leopard in the world is estimated to range from 3,500 to 7,000 whereas in Nepal an estimated 300 to 500 snow leopards are found.

GSLEP's next conference will be held in September, 2017 in Kyrgyzstan with pre-conference taking place in Pakistan in July this year.