The International Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Forum took place on 24-25 August 2017 in Bishkek. The event was hosted by President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev and attended by high-level officials from 12 snow leopard ranged countries along with the representatives of various international organizations, including the United Nations.
President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev opened the Forum followed by the second session devoted to the presentation of projects on the implementation of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) and other environment-related initiatives.
The Forum concluded with the adoption of the Bishkek Declaration that contains a summary of recommendations and decisions on the issue. TURKPA Deputy Secretaries General Kurshad Sariarslan and Altynbek Mamaiusupov took part in the Forum and met with Head of the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry Mr. Abdikalik Rustamov. During the meeting, Mr. Rustamov was briefed about activities of TURKPA in the field of environment and relevant work of the TURKPA Commission on Protection of Environment and Natural Resources. The both sides also talked about possibilities of joint activities in the future.