Our Projects

Population Assessment

We provided the baseline information on snow leopard population which we collected over the last 20 years. To be noted is 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 corroborate with our genetics-based population assessment.

Based on the SLIMS method from 1998-2001 our surveys 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 in their livelihoods. We provide veterinarian care, medicines and vaccines to the local farmers as a means of gaining their trust and collaboration for snow leopard conservation. This activity covers the cost of vaccination and treatment of livestock in around 15 villages. As part of the initiative BWCDO trains villagers as responsible “barefoot veterinarians.” There has also been success in setting up a small shop which sells veterinary medicine to villagers for minimal charges.

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 in their livelihoods. We provide veterinarian care, medicines and vaccines to the local farmers as a means of gaining their trust and collaboration for snow leopard conservation. This activity covers the cost of vaccination and treatment of livestock in around 15 villages. As part of the initiative BWCDO trains villagers as responsible “barefoot veterinarians.” There has also been success in setting up a small shop which sells veterinary medicine to villagers for minimal charges.

Small Scale Infrastructure Projects

We believe that changing the attitude of a community requires 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 gaining the all important community trust which ultimately boosts the efforts for snow leopard conservation. We believe in a policy of give and take ensuring a fair relationship with communities where they are not expected to bear the cost of conservation.