Cross-country conservation efforts needed for the Critically Endangered Raffles’s Banded Langur

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Raffles’s Banded Langur Presbytis femoralis ©Lee Zan Hui In July this year, the latest edition of ‘Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates 2022-2023’ by the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group was revealed. Included in the list is the Raffles’s Banded Langur Presbytis femoralis, which is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in its December 2021 publication. The Raffles’s Banded Langur occurs only in Singapore and southern Peninsular Malaysia. Its name is…

Rapid response to floodproof hatchery for Critically Endangered endemic turtle

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Rapid response saves Critically Endangered turtle hatchlings from flooding Dr Sabine Schoppe is the Director of Katala Foundation International’s Palawan Freshwater Turtle Conservation Program (PFTCP). ASAP is proud to have supported to the program through the ASAP Rapid Action Fund, supported by Fondation Segré. Read more about the project here. We spoke to Sabine about conservation milestones and how the programme overcame impacts from La Niña in 2021-2022. Tell us about the Palawan Freshwater Turtle Conservation Program (PFTCP). The Philippine…

The Importance of Mental Health in Conservation: An Interview with Dr Vik Mohan

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World Mental Health Day 2022: An Interview with Dr Vik Mohan Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen how the effects of lockdowns, disruptions to income and funding streams, as well as work plans and schedules have also taken a toll on the mental health of those in the conservation community. This year’s World Mental Health Day calls for making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority. We interviewed Dr Vik Mohan, Wellbeing Lead of our ASAP Women…

World Ranger Day: An Interview with Tom Amey, EcosystemImpact Foundation

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World Ranger Day: An Interview with Tom Amey, EcosystemImpact Foundation   World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide on July 31st to commemorate and celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage. Tom Amey is the Director of Social and Environmental Programmes of EcosystemImpact Foundation and oversees their Bangkaru Ranger Programme.     Tell us more about the Bangkaru Ranger Programme.  The Bangkaru Ranger Project is a community ranger project based on Bangkaru Island, off the…

Meet an Amphibian Biologist: An Interview with Nathan Rusli, Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation

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Meet an Amphibian Biologist: An Interview with Nathan Rusli, Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation   With approximately a third of amphibians threatened with extinction globally, it is crucial we champion the importance and bring attention to the threats faced by this unique group of animals. Amphibian Week is celebrated during the first week of May every year. This year we invite you to meet amphibian biologist Nathan Rusli, Executive Director of ASAP Partner Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation, as he shares why and how…

International Women’s Day 2022: ASAP Women in Conservation Leadership Programme (WiCLP) 

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International Women’s Day 2022: ASAP Women in Conservation Leadership Programme (WiCLP)  Due the pandemic, our first cohort of WiCLP participants have yet to meet in-person, and this was the closest we could get to a proper wefie! We look forward to the day when we can finally all meet in person.   “The only way to solve a multidimensional problem like biodiversity loss is to ensure that all stakeholders have a seat at the table – women, young people, and…

International Women’s Day 2022: An Interview with Kavita Prakash-Mani, CEO of Mandai Nature

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International Women’s Day 2022: An Interview with Kavita Prakash-Mani, CEO of Mandai Nature     International Women’s Day is celebrated all around the world on 8 March. This year’s theme, #BreaktheBias calls for a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, and where difference is valued and celebrated. Kavita Prakash-Mani, CEO of Mandai Nature, which hosts the ASAP Secretariat, shares her journey and insights with us this International Women’s Day.    …

An urgent call to halt species loss in the ASEAN region

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An urgent call to halt species loss in the ASEAN region The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission’s Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) have launched a new collaborative report, “Halting Species Loss in ASEAN: Baseline Information Analysis”. Co-authored by ASAP Director Nerissa Chao and ASAP Strategic Advisor Madhu Rao, the report addresses conservation issues facing Critically Endangered species in the region and gives key recommendations for the recovery of these…

8 ASAP Species Conservation Grants awarded in 2021

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8 ASAP Species Conservation Grants awarded in 2021 For the second year running, the ASAP Species Conservation Grants opened for applications in 2021 to support conservation efforts for ASAP species with a focus on species that receive less conservation attention. We received an overwhelming response with over 60 pre-proposals and are excited to share the recipients of the ASAP Species Conservation Grants and their efforts to save 11 ASAP species from the brink of extinction.   Organisation: Yayasan Kolaborasi Inklusi…

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 Highlights

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IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 Highlights The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 wrapped up on 11 September 2021. After over a year of delays due to the pandemic, the one week event was held in a hybrid format in Marseille. The event was a chance to bring leaders from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia together to brainstorm and tackle conservation issues. While many topics were raised during the Congress, the emphasis on the Green Status of Species…