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Climate change is big threat to snow leopard

A big threat to the snow leopard is climate change. Director General of the Forest Department and Special Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India Siddhanta Das said at the International Forum on Conservation of snow leopard and Its Ecosystems.

According to him, ilbirs lives in a mountainous area with a low temperature, and global warming of the climate has a negative impact on its population. «Over the past 15 years, the temperature on the globe has risen 0.2 degrees Celsius. It is predicted that by 2050 the temperature will rise by 2 degrees,» Siddhanta Das said.

As he noted, it is projected that in the 21st century the temperature will rise to 6 degrees Celsius.

«Using the most modern technologies, we are trying to reduce the temperature by 1-1.5 degrees, and warming shouldn’t exceed 1.9 degrees Celsius,» the representative of India said.

Bishkek hosts the International Forum on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard and its Ecosystems, in which delegates from 12 countries of the animal habitat take part. In 2013, the first International Forum on the conservation of the leopard was held in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the Bishkek Declaration was adopted. According to the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry, in our country the population of snow leopards varies from 350 to 500.