The Vanishing Treasures programme, which is funded by the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with a number of national, regional and international partners, who each bring their long-standing expertise to support the conservation of these mountain species and strengthen the resilience of local communities in a changing climate. The Vanishing Treasures programme cooperates closely with other ongoing activities and initiatives, such as UNEP’s Wild for Life campaign.

Within each region, activities are closely coordinated with the respective ministries and/or state agencies. Activities are implemented in close cooperation with a number of state organisations including:  agencies of protected areas; civil society organisations specializing in wildlife conservation and/or community-based conservation; and scientific organizations including national academies of science and hydrometeorological institutions. This work is supported, where relevant, by regional partners such as the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme (GSLEP) and the Greater Virungas Transboundary Cooperation (GVTC). UNEP is further supported through the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Secretariat (leading the Virunga component under the programme), respective regional offices of UNEP, its collaborating centre GRID-Arendal, and Good Cause Promotions a communications & multimedia production agency for good causes.

Please see below for a brief overview of the partners within each country and region.


In Bhutan, the Vanishing Treasures programme is overseen by a National Project Steering Committee chaired by the Honorable Dasho Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan with members of other relevant government agencies, international agencies and local NGOs. The programme main coordination and management is attributed to the Bhutan Tiger Center, under the Department of Forests and Park Services on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.


The programme will be implemented by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (UN-GRASP) in collaboration with the range state governments, the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration Secretariat and technical partners, including the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the International Gorilla Conservation Programme.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International International Gorilla Conservation Programme Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


In Tajikistan, programme activities are being implemented by the Association of Nature Conservation Organisations of Tajikistan (ANCOT) in collaboration with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), with the work overseen by the Committee of Environmental Protection (CEP) under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, programme activities are being implemented by the Ilbirs Foundation, in collaboration with the Snow Leopard Trust and the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Programme (GSLEP) Secretariat, with the work overseen by the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Further collaboration in both countries will include the local communities within the pilot regions, local NGOs, other relevant ministries and agencies, and experts from national academies of sciences and other local and international experts.


Photo credits: Johannes Refisch, Joel Caldwell, Tanya Rosen and ANCOT @tajwildlife