Southeast Asia is hugely rich in biodiversity and is home to a vast range of threatened and endemic species. There is a relatively short history of conservation across much of the region, and therefore a limited skills base. Much conservation is still of limited effectiveness, and there is a generally low level of public awareness of species loss. Overall, the species in this region face higher levels of threat than in neighbouring parts of Asia or other parts of the tropics.
The Asian Species Programme aims to address an urgent extinction crisis. Southeast Asia has suffered ever-increasing ecosystem loss (particularly of forests and wetlands), as well as escalating pressure from hunting and wildlife harvest. This has resulted in a shocking number of species being at risk of extinction – for example, almost 30% of mammals are listed as threatened in the region. The mission of the Asian Species Programme is to catalyse conservation efforts for the most threatened and overlooked species in Asia, mobilising resources and capacity to reverse their decline.
Providing direct support for species conservation, in particular in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Increasing and improving knowledge and research on species across Southeast Asia.
Building species conservation capacity with selected partner organisations across Southeast Asia.
* Images (L to R): Chris Scarffe; Chris Scarffe; Mabuwaya Foundation
“When we started the conservation project, we used to hear comments like ‘These people are crazy, why do they work for the conservation of an animal that eats people?’ and you would hear them laugh. In the Philippines, these crocodiles have an image problem.”