SOS - Save Our Species was created by IUCN, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank in 2010. As a joint initiative its objective is to ensure the long-term survival of threatened wildlife, their habitats and the people who depend on them.
Explore the SOS interactive map to learn more about the diversity of front line conservation work implemented by our grantees working to protect amphibian, bird, fish, invertebrate, mammal, plant and reptile species.
Non-governmental organization supported directly and many more indirectly
SOS projects supported
In April 2016, Dr. Muhammad Ali Nawaz was one of two SOS Grantees who won the renowned Whitley Fund for Nature's Whitley Awards. Accepting the reward, Dr. Nawaz (Ali) added he was glad to share a conservation success story from Pakistan with the world.
Throughout Asia, from remote nesting beaches to captive breeding facilities, River Terrapins (genus Batagur) have recently completed their hatching season once again, reports Rick Hudson of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA).
Around the world, wildlife is being depleted by illegal activities at an alarming rate, depriving local populations and national economies of important natural capital. Moreover, this loss has a significant impact on national and regional security. Poaching in Sub-Saharan Africa for example has been subject to a growing professionalization, largely controlled by armed groups that are increasingly organised in international networks due to large profit margins.
Recently in Chukotka, far-eastern Russia, SOS grantee Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) began another season of collecting eggs from Spoon-billed Sandpiper nests – in a bid to help save the species. Reporting from the field, Roland Digby explains why conservationists are stealing bird’s eggs: 32 this season so far.
The Itombwe Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of Africa’s most biodiverse sites, had its boundaries formally approved yesterday by the Provincial Governor – a critical step in establishing and ensuring the effective protection of this important site.