Monitoring Our Impact
Our conservation programs focus on one main goal: reducing the threats to snow leopards living in the wild. To accomplish this, we partner with communities sharing snow leopard habitat areas through programs that benefit both people and wildlife alike. We evaluate these programs based on how well they protect snow leopard habitat, wild prey species, and the cats themselves.
In order to know how well a program works, our researchers ask the following questions:
- What are the threats facing snow leopards?
- Are our conservation programs effectively addressing those threats?
- What are the tangible results of our conservation programs?
We consider these questions over time, because threats to snow leopards continuously change, as do important political, biological and cultural factors. Because of these constant changes, a program that was successful two years ago might not fully address the problems of today.
To make sure our efforts remain relevant, we’ve established a framework to help us monitor these changes and incorporate them into the goals we have for a particular region. This framework sets a standard for the information we collect, making it easier to compare relevant factors within a given area.
With the information this tool helps provide, we can address the changes that affect our conservation efforts as effectively as possible. Our researchers also use this framework to analyze and compare the information collected from our various programs. This assessment offers a broad understanding of our conservation success across multiple countries.