Celebrating success in 2019

By |2019-12-19T17:04:50+00:00December 19th, 2019|Alternative Livelihoods, Biodiversity, Capacity Building, Collaboration, Community, Conservation|Comments Off on Celebrating success in 2019

Our programmes have continued to go from strength to strength in 2019. Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, we have been able to channel more funding to some of Earth’s most overlooked and underfunded conservation challenges. Here are some of  the highlights:

Empowering people to protect nature

In the Congo Basin, our partner CFLEDD (Coalition of Women Leaders for the Environment and Sustainable Development) continued to work with local women, traditional leaders and provincial authorities. In the Kasaï Oriental province, four village chiefs officially signed an agreement for 500 hectares of land to be managed exclusively by women, an incredible success for the project.

In Vietnam, the launch of a specialised ‘anti-poaching team’ and engagement with local communities by Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has kept illegal activity relatively low in the organisation’s target site within Pu Mat National Park.

In Bhutan, six new ‘Local Conservation Support Groups’ were established to monitor and protect the world’s rarest heron, the White-bellied Heron.

Our partner Living River Association has worked closely with local communities to protect flooded forest habitats. This year they have received support from the local Government for these sites to be recognised and protected as National Wetlands of Thailand.

Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones (DGPA) has contributed to strengthening the peaceful cohabitation between Batwa and Bantu communities by building a health centre between Loile and Mpaaha villages and dedicating 6 hectares of shared communal lands for sustainable agriculture.

Save Vietnam’s Wildlife educate schoolchildren about the wildlife and threats to wildlife in their local forests © Save Vietnam’s Wildlife

Promoting knowledge and planning to protect species and ecosystems

The Talarak Foundation successfully hosted a species conservation planning workshop with nearly 80 participants, producing conservation plans for five endangered species in the Philippines.

The White-bellied Heron Working Group hosted a workshop to identify key survey areas for the bird in India.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the fundamental conservation dataset used to increase our knowledge of amphibian conservation needs. Keeping extinction risk assessments of over 8,000 amphibian species up-to-date is challenging, but there is an expert body – the IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority (ARLA) which does exactly that. The data collected are crucial for guiding amphibian conservation and helping ensure that development projects do minimal harm to biodiversity, especially threatened species. In 2019, we greatly increased our support for ARLA. As a result, around 2,000 species have been assessed, and 11 expert workshops have been held.

Assessing the extinction risk of amphibi