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Asian Species

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Asian Species Programme

The Asian Species Programme aims to address an urgent extinction crisis. Southeast Asia has been subject to 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.

We are working hard with our partners and collaborators to scale-up action to change this pattern of loss and degradation.

Most taxonomic groups so far studied are more threatened in Southeast Asia than elsewhere. A fundamental reason for the region’s elevated threat level is that almost 50% of the world’s people live in Southeast Asia and the adjacent countries of China, Bangladesh and India, yet this region comprises only about 12% of the Earth’s land area. As population size, consumer-focused lifestyles, urbanisation and globalisation have expanded, space and attitudes toward nature have changed. As such, solutions need to be found to not only scale-up action, funding and capacity within the region but also to enable cultural shifts in behaviour and belief.

We are working with a small handful of excellent organisations which work closely with communities to protect Critically Endangered and Endangered species, the most at risk categories in the IUCN Red List. As we bring in greater funding for the programme, we plan to expand our reach and to support the following:

  1. Conservation action – focused on protecting Critically Endangered and Endangered species.
  2. Capacity development – focused on building in-country capacity and NGO presence for the long term.
  3. Increasing knowledge of the region and its species – focused on supporting essential knowledge products that can underpin effective conservation action and/or policy change.

Partners in our Asian Species Programme

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

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Saola Foundation

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GreenViet

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IUCN Orchid Specialists Group (OSG)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature  (IUCN) Orchid Specialists Group is an international network of professionals and non-professional volunteers who are committed to the con

Chester Zoo

Along with being a much-loved zoo in the North of England, the Chester Zoo – North of England Zoological Society is a registered organisation that fights species extinctions across the glo

IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group Section on Small Apes

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Primate Specialist Group Section on Small Apes (SSA) is a global network of experts collaboratively taking necessary and tangible s

Talarak Foundation Inc.

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IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Red List Authority (TFTRLA)

The Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Red List Authority's (TFTRLA) mission is to identify and document threats to the survival of all species of tortoises and freshwater turtles, and to help

Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP)

The Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) is an alliance of 105 conservation organisations (50 based in Southeast Asia), established by the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Its aim is t

White-bellied Heron - International Coordination and Knowledge Sharing

We have co-organised and funded two international meetings in conjunction with our White-bellied heron (WBH) work, bringing together experts, NGOs, academics and government representatives.

White-bellied Heron - Indian Communication and Coordination

We have worked with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) to coordinate and communicate action on White-bellied heron (WBH) in India. More recently, we have funded

Southwest Forestry University

We have provided Professor Han at the Southwest Forestry University with two grants to carry out awareness-raising and identification training workshops on White-bellied heron in China. Inte

Royal Society for Protection of Nature

Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is the only Bhutanese led wildlife conservation organisation. RSPN carries out environmental education, species-focused research and conservati

Save Vietnam’s Wildlife

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Mabuwaya Foundation

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If you support a Programme with a donation, all your funding goes to that Programme. We do not deduct management charges. To find out more about this Programme, contact us.

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