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ASAP launches its first small grant scheme for Southeast Asian species on the brink of extinction


The IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP), with support from Fondation Segré, has launched a Rapid Action Fund for tackling the extinction crisis in Southeast Asia. Small grants are now available for urgent conservation action that focuses on Critically Endangered land and freshwater vertebrate species found in Southeast Asia (ASAP species). These are the first grants to come from ASAP, marking a new stream of support for their Partners. 

The grants of up to EUR 10,000 are targeting a region which has seen an unprecedented decline in wildlife over the last decades. Currently there are 227 ASAP species, many of which are endemic to Southeast Asia. This number continues to rise as more species are listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Many ASAP species lack the conservation attention they desperately need, and without immediate action, many of these species will likely become extinct.

A high demand for wildlife, both for international and local trade, makes unsustainable offtake a major threat for many ASAP species. At the same time, Southeast Asia has achieved rapid economic growth but also significant levels of deforestation, especially for agricultural expansion, further contributing to biodiversity loss.

Nerissa Chao, Director of the Asian Species Action Partnership said, “We are delighted to be launching the ASAP Species Rapid Action Fund with support from Fondation Segré. As a Partnership, we understand the need to support our Partners in their efforts to conserve ASAP species and their habitats, and recognise that rapid interventions are often needed. This Fund will directly respond to urgent requests from the field, helping our Partners meet the ever changing conservation challenges they face”. 

Despite the dire state for ASAP species, funding opportunities for many remains scarce. One of ASAP’s primary goals, as identified in ASAP’s five year strategy launched in 2019, is to leverage new financial resources to catalyse and support ASAP species conservation. The fund marks a significant first step towards delivering on this. 

The ASAP Species Rapid Action Fund targets unexpected conservation emergencies, or activities that are critical to a project continuing. It will respond to emergency situations and urgent actions, for example, anti-poaching efforts, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, emergency rescue or crucial veterinary interventions, providing immediate funding for rapid implementation on the ground (maximum duration 12 months). 

“A large part of the most urgent conservation needs are at local scale and often on very short time scales. The ASAP Species Rapid Action Fund is the most efficient and effective way to support local actors in counteracting the threats to the environment,” said Caterina Boitani from Fondation Segré.

Funding for the Rapid Action Fund comes from Fondation Segré. Qualifying projects by ASAP Partners can be submitted to the Rapid Action Fund now on ASAP’s website.


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6 thoughts on “ASAP launches its first small grant scheme

    Dear Sir/Madam
    Hi, Regarding to Rapid Action Fund , I would be grateful if you inform me that it is dedicated for only SE Asian countries or other countries (like my own, Iran) can apply for that.

    Hi Asghar Mobaraki. You are correct and Iran is not eligible for the ASAP Rapid Action Fund. Thank you for your interest, and best of luck with your work.


    Dear sir/mam,
    Is Bangladesh eligible to apply for the grant for endangered western Hoolock Gibbon species?

    Hi Sabit Hasan,

    For our Rapid Action Fund, priority will be given to projects occurring within Southeast Asia, though urgent conservation actions for ASAP species outside this region will be considered with strong justification. The Western Hoolock Gibbon however is not an ASAP species, as our focus is on species listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


    Hi Freddy Pattiselanno,

    Yes, projects in West Papua are eligible for ASAP grants. Your organisation would first need to become an ASAP Partner, which you can do through our website. Thanks!

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