Hunza: [PR]International Snow Leopard Day was celebrated in
Passu village of District Hunza
The Nature Club of DJ School Passu hosted the International Snow Leopard Day, 2017 in collaboration
with the Nature Clubs of DJ Schools Ghulkin and Khyber. The event was facilitated by the Snow Leopard
Foundation, Gilgit office in coordination with the Parks & Wildlife Department, GB. Mr. Yaqub Ali Khan,
Conservator Parks & Wildlife Department graced the occasion as a Chief Guest while, Mr. Rahmat Ali,
ex-head of School presided over the event which was attended by students, teachers, and reps of the
community-based conservation organizations.
Thematic drawing competition among schoolchildren reflecting the day’s theme “Snow Leopard
Conservation for a Resilient Mountain Ecosystem” and speech contest on “Role of students in the
conservation of wildlife” were the major activities of the event. Besides, the students’ enactment on
threats to snow leopards constituted another important aspect of the celebration.
Mr. Jaffar Ud Din, Assistant Director, Snow Leopard Foundation introducing the Day said that “October
23rd” is celebrated as “International Snow Leopard Day” across the twelve snow leopard range
countries as part of the commitment of raising awareness about the snow leopard and its ecosystem.
The day marks the anniversary of the signing of the landmark Bishkek Declaration on the conservation of
this elusive big cat, signed on October 23rd, 2013, at the first Global Forum on the Conservation of the
Snow Leopard in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, he added. Mr. Ali Qurban, Director, Passu Development
Organization speaking on behalf of the communities highlighted the importance of wildlife conservation
and its connection with the livelihoods of the local people.
The Conservator, Parks and Wildlife Department, GB in his speech thanked the school administration,
teachers, schoolchildren and SLF for arranging such a scholastic event and highlighting the importance
of conservation under the umbrella of endangered snow leopard. This Day calls for sustainable
management of our precious natural resources and securing a future where humans live in harmony
with nature, he added. The Chair in his address emphasized on fostering the wildlife conservation
agenda for the sustainable development of the deprived mountain communities and coping up with the
emerging environmental challenges such as the climate change.
At the end, the Chief Guest and the Chair presented souvenirs and gifts to the contestants. Souvenirs
were presented to the Chief Guest, the Chair and the management of the host school. Mr. Muhammad
Wali, concluding the event thanked the Chief Guest, Chair and all other guests in making the event a success.
It is pertinent to mention here, that SLF has established student nature clubs in 15 schools falling in its
program sites in GB to inculcate sense of stewardship and love for snow leopard and other wildlife in the
students and youth.