On August 23, 2022 in Dushanbe as part of the project “Conservation and sustainable use of Pamir-Alay and Tien Shan ecosystems for the conservation of the Snow Leopard and sustainable life of communities” a scientific conference was held on the topic “Mountain ecosystems, sustainable management of pastures and forests”. At the plenary session of the conference, reports were considered and discussed - presentations on the methodology for monitoring the snow leopard population, assessing the state of the population of the main prey of the snow leopard, sustainable use of mountain forest ecosystems, taking into account the conservation of the snow leopard population.

  Four presentations were devoted to the problems of sustainable use of high mountain pastures in the habitats of the snow leopard, the current state of pastures in Tajikistan and the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in particular, as well as innovative methods of restoration and management of pastures. In addition, during the conference, the report "Use of unmanned aerial vehicles in monitoring and integrated research of high-mountain natural ecosystems" was heard.

  During the conference, the participants got acquainted with the main achievements achieved as a result of the implementation of the UNDP/GEF project, with modern methods for monitoring the snow leopard and wild animals, assessing the state of the population of the main prey of the snow leopard. They also got acquainted with modern methods of monitoring ecosystems using UAVs, rational use of pastures and lands in forests in the range of the snow leopard population.

  Within the framework of the project, experts also conducted 5 educational seminars in Aini, Gissar, Varzob and Vahdat districts.