Provide economic incentives to local farmers in the form of insurance schemes and financial compensation against livestock losses caused by snow leopard attack

July 31, 2017

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Pakistan

Provide economic incentives to local farmers in the form of insurance schemes and financial compensation against livestock losses caused by snow leopard attack

About the Implementing organization

Name: Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO)

Country: Pakistan

Year of establishment: 2007

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Legally recognized non-profit status, Other

Description

BWCDO has adopted community based approach to conservation in which local people are made partners in management, implementation and monitoring of conservation efforts. Our aim is to make local practice of conservation of wildlife in general and snow leopard in particular, long lasting and sustainable through continued institutional action. In addition to this BWCDO-PSL relies on scientific research in management and implementation of conservation activities. It has produced scientific papers on the importance of wildlife and the ecology of snow leopards and existing and impending threats to its population in Pakistan.

Nature Element

Forests / Mountains / Wildlife

Type of Action

Restoration / Sustainable use / Invasive species/ Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Climate action / Food security

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

   

Environmental Impacts

Improved wildlife habitat. Livestock owners are going to be less likely interested in taking revenge on the losses suffered by killing snow leopards. Agreements to limit the hunt of ibex and other wildlife will also lead to an increase of those populations and thus possibly greater availability of wild prey for snow leopards. The construction of livestock predator proof corral has further secured the productive livestock from the attacks of snow leopard, wolf and other predators. In some areas, monitoring by local people has shown that populations of ibex and snow leopards may have increased. Improved wildlife habitat. Livestock owners are going to be less likely interested in taking revenge on the losses suffered by killing snow leopards. Agreements to limit the hunt of ibex and other wildlife will also lead to an increase of those populations and thus possibly greater availability of wild prey for snow leopards. The construction of livestock predator proof corral has further secured the productive livestock from the attacks of snow leopard, wolf and other predators. In some areas, monitoring by local people has shown that populations of ibex and snow leopards may have increased.  Improved socio-economic status of targeted communities. With fewer predations, livestock assets will increase. The opportunity for other income generating activities such as ecotourism or trophy-hunting will increase with improved wildlife status. This income will improve community infrastructure and capacity-building projects.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Education and Capacity building in the monitoring of wildlife. Under this activity BWCDO-PSL will strengthen the capacity of the local people to conserve biodiversity at the community level; impart conservation values, promote information sharing, and develop a knowledge base on biodiversity, particularly related to sustainable use; and monitor project activities on biodiversity and socio-economic effects.

Scalability

Livestock owners are going to be less likely interested in taking revenge on the losses suffered by killing snow leopards. Agreements to limit the hunt of ibex and other wildlife will also lead to an increase of those populations and thus possibly greater availability of wild prey for snow leopards. The construction of livestock predator proof corral has further secured the productive livestock from the attacks of snow leopard, wolf and other predators. In some areas, monitoring by local people has shown that populations of ibex and snow leopards may have increased. It can be model to replicate in other areas of the nation.

Replicability

BWCDO is the pioneer organization who established livestock insurance first time in the world. The success of the project can be gauged by the fact that it is now being replicated in China, India and Nepal.

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