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Status of Snow Leopards in India

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  • Context (DTE | PIB): The government unveiled the report on the Status of Snow Leopards in India.
  • The assessment was conducted by The Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India (SPAI) over four years (2019-2023).
  • Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is the national coordinator for SPAI.
  • WII has two partners. The Nature Conservation Foundation and World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

Snow Leopard

Important Findings

  • Only 34 per cent of the snow leopard habitat in India legally protected.
  • The estimated population in different states are Ladakh (477), Uttarakhand (124), Himachal Pradesh (51), Arunachal Pradesh (36), Sikkim (21), and Jammu and Kashmir (9).
  • The report emphasised the need for a dedicated Snow Leopard Cell at the Dehradun-based WII for long-term population monitoring of Snow Leopards.

World Wide Fund for Nature (World Wildlife Fund)

  • It is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961.
  • It is the world’s largest conservation organization. WWF works in nearly 100 countries.
  • WWF Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland.
  • Logo: Giant panda.
  • The Living Planet Report is published every two years by WWF since 1998.
  • Notable worldwide campaigns: Earth Hour and Debt-for-Nature Swap.

Wildlife Institute of India (WII)

  • Established in 1982, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • It is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.
  • It provides training programs, academic courses, and advisory services.

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