Woman in conservation interview: Kanitha Krishnasamy, TRAFFIC

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  Kanitha Krishnasamy is the Director for Southeast Asia at TRAFFIC.        Why did you choose to become a conservationist? I think in some ways conservation chose me! I’ve always had an interest in animals, and wanted to learn more about them. But the Malaysian public education system is such that you don’t often get what you want. I was offered a degree in Forestry, which was not something I had selected. Learning about the forestry industry (which…

Woman in conservation interview: Marites Gatan-Balbas, Mabuwaya Foundation

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  I am Marites Gatan-Balbas, but most people call me Tess. I am the Chief Operating Officer of the Mabuwaya Foundation. I manage the day-to-day activities of the foundation, but I love giving school lectures, organising workshops, facilitating community consultations and coordinating with our partners and collaborators.   Why did you choose to become a conservationist? I am a graduate of Forestry. My parents are farmers, but they were able to send me to the local university in Isabela Province….

Woman in conservation interview: Mirza Kusrini, Bogor University

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Mirza is a lecturer at the Faculty of Forestry & Environment, Institut Pertanian Bogor University, and a researcher, focusing on amphibians and reptiles.         How did you choose your field of study? Nature and wildlife always fascinated me when I was a child. It was not only my parents that brought me to nature, growing up I watched documentaries like Born Free and read the Adventure series of young adult books written by Willard Price. The protagonists…

Woman in conservation interview: Trang Nguyen, WildAct

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  Trang Nguyen is the Founder and Executive Director of WildAct.        Did you have a role model that influenced your decision to work in conservation? Dian Fossey definitely had a big impact in my career choice. I remember when I was very small and back in the day where wildlife conservation was a very new concept in Vietnam, I watched Gorillas in the Mist. I had some very first ideas of what conservationists and conservation researchers do…

ASAP talks freshwater fish with Mike Baltzer from Shoal

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To celebrate the launch of WWF’s report ‘Forgotten Fishes’, we spoke with Mike Baltzer, Executive Director of Shoal. Mike shared his thoughts on the threats facing freshwater fishes globally and in Southeast Asia, as well as some of the reasons he is hopeful for the future.   A report called Forgotten Fishes has just been released by WWF, which Shoal collaborated on. Can you briefly summarise the report? The report is a call to action by many of the leading…

Urgent action needed as 16 freshwater fish in Southeast Asia declared Extinct in latest Red List update

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Urgent action needed as 16 freshwater fish in Southeast Asia declared Extinct in latest Red List update The latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, published last week, saw 31 species moved into the globally Extinct category. Among these were 16 freshwater fish from Southeast Asia, a substantial portion of which were endemic to Lake Lanao and its outflow stream in the Philippines. The update also saw 24 species in Southeast Asia newly listed as Critically Endangered,…

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…