SOS: A global partnership to protect threatened species

SOS - Save Our Species funds targeted front line conservation projects that protect threatened species, their habitats and the communities who depend on them. Launched in October 2014, the SOS Report and Video outline just how much we have achieved so far.

Please click on the SOS Report to download a digital copy and watch the video below highlighting three years of life and action:

 

 

 

THE INITIATIVE - A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP

SOS - Save Our Species is a global coalition initiated by the three founding partners IUCN, GEF and World Bank to build the biggest species conservation fund, supporting on-the-ground field conservation projects all over the world.

 

SOS combines the resources and funding experience from the World Bank and GEF (Global Environment Facility), the authoritative science of IUCN and the resources and ingenuity of the private sector to create a mechanism that ensures sufficient funding goes to species conservation projects where and when it will have the most impact.

 

SOS - Save Our Species is managed through a secretariat housed within the IUCN for the allocation of funds. Grants are allocated according to strategic directions identified in consultation with IUCN`s Species Programme and Species Survival Commission.

WHY SOS - Save Our Species

The diversity of life on our planet is breathtaking, offering a huge variety of animals and plants.

 

We sometimes forget that we, as individuals, customers and businesses, rely on this diversity of life to provide us with the food, fuel, medicine and other essentials we simply cannot live without.

 

Yet this rich diversity is disappearing at a frightening and accelerating rate, as the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ indicates.

 

Thousands of animals and plants around the world face extinction with species currently disappearing at a rate up to 1,000 times higher than normal.

 

Approximately 1 in 4 mammals, 1 in 3 amphibians, 1 in 3 corals, and 1 in 8 birds are at risk of extinction. 

 

Without immediate action to halt the decline of biodiversity, not only will species disappear forever, but the very fabric of our society and livelihoods could be placed in severe jeopardy. 

 

"Biological diversity underpins ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services essential for human well-being," says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

 

"Its continued loss, therefore, has major implications for current and future human well-being... The maintenance and restoration of natural infrastructure can provide economic gains worth trillions of dollars a year."

 

SOS - ‘Save Our Species – Save Our Selves’ is our answer.
 

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Dr. Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission
Simon Stuart, SSC Chair
"SOS is the mechanism to instigate transformative change for threatened species and the communities that depend on them."
PROJECT NEWS
  • SOS - Save OUr Species, FFI, Abies Firs, 2013A-052
    Surveys funded by SOS lead to an increase of the known population of Yuanbaoshan firs
    The known population size of the Critically Endangered Yuanbaoshan fir (Abies yuanbaoshanensis) more than doubled following extensive surveys in Yuanbaoshan National Nature Reserve (NNR), China in 201...
  • SOS, International Rhino Foundation, Indonesia
    Video Sequences of Javan Rhinos from Ujung Kulon National Park
    One hundred camera traps and dozens of man hours later, a recently released video shows amazing sequences featuring some of the extremely rare and rather elusive Critically Endangered Javan Rhinos of ...
  • Terre Sauvage, SOS- Save Our Species, Fabien Chenel, Nature Image Awards, IUCN
    Getting Outdoors in Paris with the Terre Sauvage Nature Image Awards Exhibition
    The city of light just got a bit more colourful with the recent launch of the Terre Sauvage Melvita Nature Images Awards 2014 in association with IUCN and SOS - Save Our Species.  
  • 13A-062-009, SOS - Save Our Species, World Parrot trust, Timneh Parrot, Daniel Lopes
    Turning the tide on nest poaching of Timneh parrots in Guinea-Bissau
    As another breeding season for Timneh parrots gets underway in the Bijagós islands, hopes are high that the nest monitoring team can build on the successes of the previous year. In late 2014 the retur...
  • West African Chimpanzee
    Reducing Human-Chimpanzee conflicts in Guinea-Bissau
    Tedros Medhin, project coordinator with Stichting Chimbo, an SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, reports from Boé, Guinea-Bissau, about how Village Vigilance Committees (CVVs) are helping to protect the loca...
Did You Know: SOS acts on the knowledge generated by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and uses the expertise of the Species Survival Commission to select the best projects.
SOS - Save Our Species
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