SOS Funds 25 New Biodiversity Conservation Projects

22 November 2012: The Save Our Species (SOS) initiative has announced its support for 25 new projects. In this second round, SOS is funding conservation projects on dolphins, dugongs, manatees, gibbons, rhinos and tigers, as well as lesser known but similarly threatened species such as river turtles, Asian crocodiles, flying foxes, freshwater fish and plant species.

SOS is a global coalition initiated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank.

US$2.5 million in additional funding has allowed SOS to double the number of active projects, but is still not enough to address ongoing conservation needs, according to Jean Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN's Global Species Programme and SOS Director.

The new SOS projects will be implemented by NGOs in the Americas (Belize, Colombia and Mexico) Africa (Gabon, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal and South Africa) and Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Viet Nam). To date, SOS projects have worked with more than 150 species listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with a focus on both wildlife and local communities. [IUCN Press Release] [SOS List of Projects] [GEF Press Release]