This project would not be possible without the support of local and international organisations.

The University of Central Asia (UCA)

The University of Central Asia is a private, not for profit secular university created in 2000 through an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. 

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate programs in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan, and Khorog, Tajikistan. The curriculum combines a liberal arts and sciences education, where students study integrative majors and minors combining several disciplines.

The Mountain Societies Research Institute led by Dr. Roy Sidle is a Graduate School within the University of Central Asia (UCA) which conducts research for development with the goal to improve the well-being of mountain societies in Central Asia. 

Snow Leopard Trust (SLT)

The Snow Leopard Trust is a non-governmental organisation based in Seattle and working in 5 countries of the snow leopard range: Pakistan, Mongolia, China, India and Kyrgyzstan. It was created in 1981 by Helen Freeman and aims to protect this endangered cat through community-based conservation projects that are based on an improved scientific understanding of snow leopard behavior, needs, habitats and threats. Discover more about SLT's community-based conservation programs.


Vanishing Treasures (UNEP)

The Vanishing Treasures programme aims to better understand the impact of climate change on three main mountain species, including snow leopards, to improve protection of these ever-diminishing species while supporting local mountain communities.