The IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) is a coalition working together to halt the extinction of ASAP species – Critically Endangered land and freshwater vertebrates found in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia is globally important for biodiversity, but has high levels of threatened species. The region has among the world’s fastest recent rates of habitat loss and has seen an explosion in over-exploitation of wildlife. These are major drivers of species population declines and local extinctions in the region.
Averting species extinctions is now widely recognised as an important component to maintaining effective ecosystem function and human well-being. The need for focused and determined action to avoid species extinctions in Southeast Asia has never been more urgent than it is now.
ASAP is an alliance of organisations, with a small Secretariat and a Governing Council. We bring together organisations with a purpose of biodiversity conservation and an interest in implementing and/or funding conservation action for ASAP species.