Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO)
Tackling acute human-snow leopard conflicts in Pakistan, Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO) protects Baltistan’s snow leopards by providing economic incentives to local farmers in 17 villages through insurance schemes and financial compensation against livestock losses following snow leopard attacks. Damages are paid after verification through joint decisions between BWCDO and Village Insurance Committees established for this purpose. Communities have also set up predator-proof fencing, and received training to improve herding techniques. Vaccination campaigns protect both livestock and wildlife.
BWCDO’s achievements have reduced economic losses to farmers. An educational program raises awareness and provides opportunities for girls, proactively engaging youth in conservation and development.
Equator Prize Winner: 2017
Location: Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, pakistan
Biodiversity: Forests, Mountains, Wildlife