Hosted by Doug Parsons, America Adapts is a podcast about climate change adaptation. For this episode, Doug interviewed eight experts on snow leopard conservation and climate change adaptation in Central Asia. Doug’s guests represented organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, Panthera, The University of Berkeley, and the Snow Leopard Trust. They touched on a number of pertinent issues.
I do not want to give away too many spoilers, because I encourage you to listen to the whole podcast. However, here are a few of the subjects that were brought up during Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes:
- The Himalayas as Earth’s “third pole.”
- How climate change is affecting water security in the Central Asian mountains.
- The need for more data about snow leopards.
- How the wellbeing of local people and snow leopards is linked.
- The importance of taking climate change projections into account when planning for snow leopard conservation.
- The demand for snow leopard pelts and bones in illegal markets, and the resultant poaching.
- The need for more international aid to fund climate change adaptation in Central Asia.
- How local people perceive snow leopards, and how those perceptions have shifted.
- The challenges involved in communicating with the public about climate change.
- The absolute imperative to work with local people to help them adapt to climate change and conserve snow leopards.
This really is a good podcast. Doug clearly did his homework before conducting the interviews, and the result is a well-polished final product. Please follow the link below to listen to it!