First Rapid Action Fund grants made amid COVID-19 impacts

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First Rapid Action Fund grants made amid COVID-19 impacts After recently launching the first ASAP species grant programmes exclusively for ASAP Partners, we are excited to have already been able to award 5 grants under the ASAP Species Rapid Action Fund, addressing urgent conservation needs of ASAP species. Response to the ASAP Species Conservation Grants was overwhelming, with over 50 applications submitted. Only a limited number of projects can be supported, and we will be announcing successful projects in December. …

Announcing the launch of the Saola Foundation for Annamite Mountains Conservation

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Announcing the launch of the Saola Foundation for Annamite Mountains Conservation Lorraine Scotson, CEO & Bill Robichaud, President We are excited to announce the launch of a new organization, the Saola Foundation for Annamite Mountains Conservation. The Saola Foundation is dedicated to helping to save one of the most enigmatic ASAP species, the Saola Pseudoryx nghetinhensis.  Saola are one of the most beautiful and unusual creatures in Asia – a shy tropical bovid, most closely related to wild cattle, yet…

Funding in Partnership: A discussion with the Oriental Bird Club

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Funding in Partnership: A discussion with the Oriental Bird Club At ASAP we are developing partnerships with similar organisations in order to increase support for our Partners and the conservation of ASAP species.  The Oriental Bird Club (OBC) is for birders and ornithologists around the world who are interested in birds of the Oriental region and their conservation. Through generous support of their members and sponsors, the OBC Conservation Fund has supported over 250 projects to date. We spoke with…

Bali Myna to benefit from first ASAP emergency grant amid COVID-19 impact

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PRESS RELEASE Bali Myna to benefit from first ASAP emergency grant amid COVID-19 impact The Bali Myna in Indonesia is the first species to benefit from a Rapid Action Fund from the IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP). The grant will fund critical conservation action for the bird in Bali, Indonesia where COVID-19 has paralysed tourism and impacted conservation efforts. The first grant from ASAP’s Rapid Action Fund, launched in May this year, has been awarded to the Friends…

Notice – ASAP Species Conservation Grants deadline extended until August 30th

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Notice – ASAP Species Conservation Grants deadline extended until August 30th Following requests from our Partners, we are pleased to announce an extension to the deadline for our ASAP Species Conservation grants to 30th August. Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, we know that some of our Partners were unable to complete and submit their pre-proposal in time for the original deadline.  We want to make sure all of our Partners have the opportunity to submit an application, and we…

Another 5 Southeast Asian primates now Critically Endangered

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Another 5 Southeast Asian primates now Critically Endangered The latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM sees five Southeast Asian primates newly listed as Critically Endangered. The update brings the total number of ASAP species to 235, with new turtle and fish additions too. Our closest biological relatives, primates, make up the largest proportion of the new ASAP species in the latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ in July. Five Southeast Asian species…

New! Conservation Grants for ASAP Species

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ASAP launches second grant scheme: ASAP Species Conservation Grants The IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) has today launched a second new grant scheme dedicated to ASAP species conservation. The ASAP Species Conservation Grants will target neglected ASAP species that lack the conservation attention they desperately need. The new scheme is in addition to the Rapid Action Fund which was launched in May. Both are dedicated to the conservation of ASAP species and are only available to ASAP Partners….

Talking crocs and emergency funding with Steve Platt

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Talking crocs and emergency funding with Steve Platt We spoke with Dr Steven G. Platt, Associate Conservation Herpetologist at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-Myanmar Program, and a member of the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group. We discussed whether crocodiles get fair representation in conservation, and how emergency funding can be a life saver for projects.  Do you think reptiles get a fair representation in conservation in Southeast Asia? There is recognition that turtles and crocodiles are in trouble, but I would say crocodiles…

ASAP Chair awarded 2020 Blue Planet Prize

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ASAP Chair awarded 2020 Blue Planet Prize   We are delighted that Dr. Simon Stuart, Chair of the ASAP Governing Council, has been awarded the 2020 Blue Planet Prize. The prestigious international environmental award, now in its 29th year, is sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation. Every year, two individuals are recognized for their significant contribution to solving global environmental problems. Dr. Stuart was selected out of 127 nominated candidates, and was awarded alongside fellow nominee, Prof. David Tilman. Dr….

Assessing to Plan for Freshwater Fish

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With over 70 Critically Endangered species in Southeast Asia, freshwater fishes are currently the largest group of ASAP species. The fishes include some of the smallest in the world such as Parosphromenus ornaticauda, which is known only from peat swamp forests in Indonesian Borneo. They range in size up to the Mekong Giant Catfish Pangasianodon gigas, the largest freshwater fish in the world, which can grow up to 3 metres long. Fishes are the most often neglected of the ASAP…