“Protecting the Snow Leopard through Kyrgyz Traditional Environmental Knowledge” Project

RDF, with the support of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Christensen Fund as part of an initiative to conserve the snow leopard and its habitat, launched the new project, “Protecting the Snow Leopard through Kyrgyz Traditional Environmental Knowledge”. The main goal of the project is to promote social actions among schoolchildren and young people to protect the snow leopard. The project will disseminate available information about the most popular, rare animals, birds and plants, and develop a JIBI Snow Leopard Conservation Platform in the snow leopard habitat in pilot regions of Kyrgyzstan. The project also involves teachers from pilot schools, experts from the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Kyrgyz Academy of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The project aims to develop a digital, interactive map demonstrating the habitat of the snow leopard with animals, birds and plants, as well as a brochure, for educational purposes. RDF will collect information to create the interactive digital map and the brochure in collaboration with the Network of keepers, Kyrgyz El Akyl Kazyna, which represent 7 regions of the country.

The pilot regions of the snow leopard habitat include some ethnic Kyrgyz communities of the Murgab district in Tajikistan, and we plan to involve students from these communities in the Snow Leopard Rally, which will be the final event of the project. The project plans to establish a JIBI Snow Leopard Conservation Platform among young people in order to promote information exchange and to raise awareness. The platform will also serve to call for joint action to establish local protection centres for the conservation of snow leopards and other rare and valuable animals and plants in their communities with the participation of teachers of pilot schools.

We will be grateful to receive your feedbacks, interesting conservation stories, or stories of the Kyrgyz nomadic culture passed down from the older generations. We would also like to hear local legends about animals, birds and plants. If you would be kind enough to share them with us and contribute to the conservation of the snow leopards and their habitats, as well as  to the conservation of our traditional knowledge, please contact us by telephone at 0770330106 or write to us at general@rdf.in.kg.



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