Status of Tiger Habitats in High Altitude Ecosystems of Bhutan, India and Nepal (Situation Analysis)

Tiger habitats in high altitude require protection through sustainable land use, as they are a high-value ecosystem with several hydrological and ecological processes providing ecosystem services and adaptation to mitigate the ill effects of climate change. Since, several high-altitude habitats in South Asia have the spatial presence of tiger, active in-situ efforts are called for ensuring their conservation.

The instant situation analysis study aims to provide the rationale for stepping up high-altitude conservation of the tiger, while identifying possible viable habitats, corridor linkages, anthropogenic pressures, and induced landscape level changes for evolving an in-situ conservation roadmap. The study, led by the GTF, with range country governments of Bhutan, India and Nepal, along with conservation partners (WWF and country specific collaborators), has been supported by the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) of the IUCN and KfW.

Global Snow Leopard Summit: Kyrgyz Republic

What is happening in Kyrgyz Republic this August?

The Global Snow Leopard Summit brings together leaders and experts from government, conservation, academia, donor institutions and business, across the globe with a common goal of saving snow leopard. High-level delegations from all twelve range countries will be attending the event with several heads of state are expected to attend the event for discussing conservation priorities and commitments to save this iconic but endangered cat species.

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What is the Background?

The Bishkek Declaration was organized on October 23, 2013, under the leadership of president of Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev. This declaration was unanimously endorsed by the 12 Snow Leopard range countries. To implement the goals set in the Bishkek Declaration, the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) was formed.

why now?

The year 2017 marks the midpoint of the establishment of GSLEP. The purpose of the summit to strengthen political will at highest level and secure resources to support the goal of GSLEP across the tiger range countries to secure 20 snow leopard landscapes with viable populations by 2020.

Why is this Important?                                            

This summit will not only promote investment and mobilize resources for environmental projects but also try to raise funding for conservation, discuss ideas of green and sustainable development in range countries, prepare a set of best practices for range countries and partners to follow in order to protect the iconic cat and its habitat, take appropriate steps in tackling rural poverty and bringing employment opportunities to the communities living in snow leopard landscape area that leads to decrease human wildlife conflict, raise global awareness for the snow leopard through press and social media.

Ultimately,  range countries are expected to endorse 2017 Bishkek Declaration  again and lay out steps to achieve the goal of GSLEP, e.g. the creation and implementation of landscape management plans, cross-border strategies to combat poaching and illegal trade, and a scaled-up research effort to better understand the snow leopard’s true conservation status.

The GTI council along with partners UNDP, GEF, USAID, SLT WWF, NABU, is one of the strategic partners of the event and committed to contributing to GSLEP objectives.

For more information visit Snow Leopard Forum

Protocol for Security Audit of Tiger Reserves

Security Audit protocol have been developed to help Tiger Reserve (TR) managers in regularly tracking the progress of their enforcement efforts to tackle poaching in their sites, while the status assessment is conducted by independent team constituted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) at a regular interval.
These protocol have been developed by GTF & WWF after taking inputs from the WCCB, WTI and field officers in consultation with NTCA officials.

For more information visit GTF website


Capacity building in Leh, India

The Global Tiger Initiative Council, in collaboration with the GTF, World Bank and the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), and with technical support from Indian Institute of Forest Management and Wildlife Institute of India organized a 3-day capacity building workshop for snow leopard range countries in Leh-Ladakh, India from 7 to 9 November 2016. The workshop was attended by senior frontline officials from Bhutan, Nepal, India and Russia as well as representatives from GSLEP, WWF and NCF. The main objective of this workshop was to incorporate key inputs into the draft manuals for economic valuation of snow leopard landscapes, habitat restoration and monitoring of wildlife populations.


capacity building workshop in sariska

A capacity building workshop for tiger range countries was organized by the Global Tiger Initiative Council, in association with the Global Tiger Forum (GTF), World Bank, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with technical support from the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) at Sariska, India. The workshop was attended by senior frontline officials from South Asian Tiger Range Countries (Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal) and representatives from the WWF, WCT and the state forest department of Rajasthan as well as many post graduate diploma trainee officers of WII. The workshop was organized with a view to provide a detailed insight and gather country level inputs and feedback leading to the following working drafts:


  • A manual on economic valuation approaches/methodology for practitioners
  • Technical Guidelines for Habitat and Prey Restoration
  • Protocols for Habitat Quality and Wildlife Populations