Our Projects 2018-07-06T17:39:41+00:00

Our Projects

Population Assessment

We provided the baseline information on snow leopard populations that we have collected over the last 18 years. Please note the difference in methodology and the area size over which estimates of population are projected. Our results show that despite much recent misgivings about the SLIMS method, its results corroborates with our genetics based population assessment. Please note that based on SLIMS methods in 1998-2001 surveys we project a population of between 28 and 40 snow leopards in our project area. Our genetic results over the last ten years show that this snow leopard population is stable.

We provided baseline information on snow leopard populations that we have collected over the last 18 years. Please note the difference in methodology and the area size over which estimates of population are projected. Our results show that despite much recent misgivings about the SLIMS method, its results corroborates with our genetics based population assessment. Please also note that based on SLIMS methods in 1998-2001 surveys, we projected a population of between 28 and 40 snow leopards in our project area. Our genetic results over the last ten years show that this snow leopard population is stable.

Livestock Vaccination

BWCDO also provides veterinarian care to the farmers in the area: Local farmers lose 10-15% of their domestic herd annually to various diseases which means a substantial loss to the livelihoods. We will provide veterinarian care, including vaccination, to the local farmers as a means of gaining their trust and collaboration for the snow leopard conservation. This activity covers the cost of vaccination and treatment of livestock in the 15 villages. As part of the activity BWCDO train villagers as responsible “barefoot veterinarian.” BWCDO has also help set up a small shop which sells veterinary medicine to villagers for minimal charges.

Small Scale Infrastructure Projects

We believe that changing community’s attitudes require earning their trust and this can be done by attending to their other needs which are currently not being addressed by other organizations or state institutions. For example, some communities are interested in snow leopard conservation through insurance mechanism, but they also express need for, say, a simple water supply scheme. BWCDO believes that our project can make this social investment by funding such a scheme and gain all important community trust which will boost our efforts for snow leopard conservation. We believe in a policy of give and take and fair relationship with communities where they are not expected to bear the cost of conservation.