Moscow. October 14. INTERFAX.RU – The Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation has approved guidelines for organizing and conducting monitoring of the snow leopard in Russia, the press service of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reports.
The methodology assumes that a full-scale population census will be carried out every five years.
“The methodology for monitoring the state of the snow leopard population was developed at the initiative of WWF and offers two main approaches: frontal (full-scale) and annual sampling. the spread of the snow leopard in Russia, to identify the main threats, “- said in the message.
Annual sample surveys will be conducted in accessible habitats to track changes in snow leopard populations in key populations
Monitoring of the snow leopard in Russia is carried out at 13 key sites in the Republics of Altai, Tuva and Buryatia, in the south of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, where up to 90-95% of the Russian population of the species is concentrated.
The snow leopard is included in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and has the status of a rare or endangered species in all 12 countries where it lives: Russia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Bhutan.