Snow Leopard Friendly Pashmina

converging traditional livelihood, culture and wildlife conservation

The Snow Leopard Friendly Pashmina (SLFP) initiative supports herders of the Indian Changthang to develop sustainable grazing practices for livestock and pashmina production alongside wildlife conservation in the region, such that the pashmina from the region can be certified as 'snow leopard friendly'. 

  • Chang pa community of Ladakh graze pashmina goats across the Changthang region at high densities

  • Meeting with Kharna pa on SLFP

  • SLFP meeting with villagers of Sasoma, Ladakh

  • Small livestock protection from depredation by wild carnivores is an important aspect of SLFP

  • Local communities neutralize traditional traps to prevent trapping and killing of wild carnivores. One such trap was converted to a stupa as a pioneering step by Chushul community.

  • A hamlet of Kharnak pas, Ladakh

  • SLFP meeting with Rupshu pas, Ladakh

  • Wild ungulates, such as ibex, bharal, argali and urial, face strong competition from intense livestock grazing. Wild carnivores like snow leopard and wolves depend on these wild-ungulates for food.

  • Through SLFP initiative, upon implementation of project activities, pashmina herder communities are offered a modest premium for support towards wildlife conservation.

  • A herder in Chushul village receiving premium from SLFP initiative



  • All Changthang Pashmina Growers Marketing Cooperative Society, Leh, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Department of Animal Husbandry, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Department of Education, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Department of Sheep Husbandry, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh, Jammu & Kashmir

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