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Guardians of the Headwaters II: Biodiversity, water and climate in six snow leopard landscapes. Technical Report.

To advance climate-smart natural resource management planning in snow leopard landscapes, we mapped and overlaid snow leopard habitat, current and potential human impacts, protected areas, selected water resources, and climate vulnerabilities in six snow leopard conservation landscapes in high Asia. These landscapes are recognized as priorities of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) and the USAID-WWF project, Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain (AHM) Landscapes and Communities. We use the above variables to illustrate the key processes and trends for ecosystems and water resources in each of the six landscapes. Finally, we provide key findings and management implications to guide climate adaptive planning for snow leopards and people within and downstream of these focal landscapes.