|Town/Region||Annapurna Conservation Area|
|Categories||Biodiversity, Carnivores, Conflict, Mammals|
|Date||7 Feb 2018|
Resolving human snow leopard conﬂict is important not only for its continued survival but also for ensuring sustainable livestock production by pastoral communities (McCarthy and Chapron 2003). In doing so, we require a better understanding of the extent, causes and correlates of actual livestock damage caused by snow leopard, and the threat of damage perceived by the aﬀected people (Suryawanshi et al. 2013).
This project will complement ﬁndings and outputs of our previous project, which collected detailed data on livestock depredation by snow leopards in 30 village settlements of Upper Mustang over three years (2013-2016). In our previous study, we focused on assessment of livestock depredation by snow leopard in Upper Mustang region of the Annapurna Conservation Area. We documented household level loss of livestock to snow leopard in 351 households of 30 village settlements. However, it was realized that eﬀective mitigation of human-snow leopard conﬂict in this conservation area would require data from the Lower Mustang region as well because previous studies have made little eﬀort to document status of human snow leopard conﬂict in lower Mustang region. Our previous project couldn’t cover whole area of the Annapurna Landscape. This project will document household and village level livestock depredation by snow leopards in lower Mustang region. Together with the ﬁndings of previous project, the results of this project will provide comprehensive information on the state of human snow leopard conﬂict in the whole study area landscape.
With this follow-up project, we aim to collect data on spatial and temporal pattern of livestock loss to snow leopard, local herder communities’ attitudes towards snow leopards and inform conﬂict mitigation measures. Stakeholder workshop will be conducted to develop recommendations for mitigation measures-based on the findings of previous project. Herder workshop will also be conducted to sensitize herders about the Government’s wildlife damage compensation scheme, importance of snow leopard and its conservation. Outreach program in 30 villages of upper mustang will be conducted. Overall, the project is expected to generate field data to inform conflict mitigation measures and build social carrying capacity for snow leopard conservation.
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