Update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: trends for ASAP Species

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Southeast Asia is a global hotspot for species richness and diversity. Sadly, much of this biodiversity is increasingly threatened. As of July 2019, 221 land and/or freshwater vertebrate species found in Southeast Asia are now listed as Critically Endangered (CR) by the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM – indicative that these species face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. This is an increase from the previous count of 199 species from earlier this year, with freshwater…

Rainforest Trust Call for Proposals to Protect Key Biodiversity Areas – Deadline for Draft proposals: 1 October 2019

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Rainforest Trust works with local conservation organizations across the tropics to create new protected areas. As a member of the KBA Partnership, Rainforest Trust has committed to identifying, mapping, monitoring and protecting the most important places for life on Earth. As an organization, we are especially focused on projects in KBAs with globally significant populations of Critically Endangered (CR) and Endangered (EN) species. To this end, Rainforest Trust wishes to explore partnerships with local conservation organizations interested in establishing new…

Funding Opportunity: Taronga’s Field Conservation Grants (2019-2021)

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Taronga’s Field Conservation Grants give funding and support to conservation projects that help wildlife, habitats and communities all over the world. Every two years, Taronga Conservation Society Australia awards funding to projects and programs that demonstrate measurable conservation outcomes in the field — anywhere in the world. Proposal submission dates: From 01 to 31 July 2019, 5pm AEST. Amount: up to $20,000 Taronga Field Conservation Grants are open to NGOs, community groups and individuals who have a new or established…

Funding Opportunity: Fostering Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Livelihoods and Civil Society in Lao PDR – Deadline extended to 21st June 2019!

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Fostering Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Livelihoods and Civil Society in Lao PDR The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia Regional Office is pleased to announce a call for proposal for projects addressing the theme of biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, waste management, and/or the strengthening of civil society organisations working in these thematic areas. This call is open to NGOs and CSOs that are registered and headquartered in Lao PDR. NGOs and CSOs that are registered and headquartered abroad are…

Funding Opportunity: Save Our Species (SOS) Gibbons, call for proposals open!

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Save Our Species (SOS) Gibbons has announced their call for proposals is open! SOS Gibbons SOS Online Portal The objectives of this initiative are to catalyse gibbon conservation through a series of activities including channelling funding for gibbons to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), additional conservation planning to determine national priorities, supporting knowledge transfer on experiences among conservationists and communications activities to raise public awareness on the benefits to species, habitats and communities from conserving gibbons. Priority funding will be given…

An interview with Will Duckworth: “There’s something about Asia”

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Will Duckworth is the ASAP Species Advisor. He has been involved with ASAP since the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Southeast Asia Campaign of 2011-2013. How did you get into conservation? Will: As a small child growing up in England in the 1960’s there were a number of important influences for me. I became interested in mammals first through being read to and seeing them in zoos. I grew up in a small town where a leading British birdwatcher had…

IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group meets for the first time in Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

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The dramatic crash in songbird populations brings together a group of experts committed to ensuring that Southeast Asian forests remain filled with birdsong for decades to come.  The sad plight of songbirds The songbird trade has caused massive declines in many species in the region. Because of it, ASAP bird species such as the Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush Garrulax rufifrons, Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus and Javan Green Magpie Cissa thalassina have disappeared in many of their old haunts. The Javan Green Magpie has practically vanished…

In one Indonesian province, songbird trade is on the decline

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Planet Indonesia’s integrated approach has been successful at tackling some of the biggest regional conservation challenges. Read more about their methodology in the article they’ve kindly penned for us below. Check out their website to find out more about their songbird trade work! Article by Planet Indonesia “A real man has a wife, a horse, a house, a dagger and a songbird.” A Javanese saying that highlights the cultural value of songbirds in Indonesia, where they’re used in competitions and…

Interactive Grant Writing Workshop with the National Geographic Society

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Interactive Grant Writing Workshop with the National Geographic Society. Kuala Lumpur, July 26 & 27 The National Geographic Society (NGS) will be hosting an in-person and interactive workshop to assist potential applicants in developing project ideas and application materials while fostering collaboration and innovation. This 1.5 day workshop will be held on July 26 and 27, 2019, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The workshop is free for participants and NGS will cover meals on workshop days for workshop attendees (breakfast, lunch…

Chester Zoo announces William Oliver Philippine Champion Award

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The Chester Zoo William Oliver Philippine Champion Award 2019 honours the legacy of William Oliver (1947 – 2014); a dedicated champion for the wildlife of the Philippines.   Application deadline: 31st March 2019 Training dates: 10-30th October 2019 Contact more more details: conservation@chesterzoo.org The aims of the Award are: To financially and technically support six conservation projects in the Philippines that will have positive conservation impact To provide training in core and project-specific skills for the Filipino conservationists co-coordinating these…