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…

ASAP launches its first small grant scheme

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ASAP launches its first small grant scheme for Southeast Asian species on the brink of extinction   The IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP), with support from Fondation Segré, has launched a Rapid Action Fund for tackling the extinction crisis in Southeast Asia. Small grants are now available for urgent conservation action that focuses on Critically Endangered land and freshwater vertebrate species found in Southeast Asia (ASAP species). These are the first grants to come from ASAP, marking a…

Talking Tamaraw conservation with Emmanuel Schutz

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Talking Tamaraw conservation with Emmanuel Schutz We spoke with Emmanuel Schutz, Program Manager and Member of the Board of Trustees at D’ABOVILLE Foundation and Demo Farm Inc. He shared with us an exciting development in Tamaraw conservation, and what the next steps are for the species. Tell us about the Tamaraw. What caused it to become Critically Endangered? Like many other wildlife species around the world, especially Asian wild cattle, the Tamaraw has seen its status drastically impacted by the…

Top conservation scholarships!

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Conservation Careers  have put together a brilliant list of 60 conservation scholarships to take financial barriers away from career success for conservationists. Meet the scholarships here!  They say: At Conservation Careers, we know that money can be a big barrier, and sometimes even prevent talented conservationists from furthering their careers. But we believe all conservationists should be able to pursue the best training opportunities, have the best experiences, conduct meaningful research and lead impactful conservation projects. We hope this list…