Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP)

Rhinoceros hornbill © Felicity Oram

The Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) is an alliance of conservation organisations, established by the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Its aim is to bring emergency conservation attention to Critically Endangered land and freshwater vertebrate species in Southeast Asia, through mobilising funds, building capacity and increasing action.

Southeast Asia is a region characterised by high levels of biodiversity and unique species, as well as intense threat due largely to habitat loss and over-harvesting. As such, numerous species are at risk of being lost forever. As of July 2018, 175 species were classified as Critically Endangered on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Sadly, there are likely many more species that meet the criteria of Critically Endangered that are yet to be assessed. Despite this, coordinated efforts to save these species has been minimal.

ASAP aims to catalyse urgent actions for Critically Endangered species, strengthen current conservation efforts through development of partnerships, improve coordination, increase financial support, and protect existing populations by supporting captive breeding programmes. ASAP can be seen as an emergency call to action: bringing together conservation organisations and funders in an effort to focus attention on a region that, without further intervention and immediate action, is likely to see the demise of much of its unique biodiversity.

At A Glance