1. Launched in 2010 SOS is the go-to mechanism to support the best frontline wildlife conservation projects worldwide.
2. For governments SOS directly addresses three key Aichi Targets agreed by the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010. These include Aichi Target 1 about raising awareness of biodiversity, Aichi Target 12 concerning the reduction in biodiversity loss and finally Aichi Target 20 related to the mobilization of additional resources to tackle the growing biodiversity crisis.
3. To date SOS has disbursed $9 million in species conservation grants and leveraged a further $12 million in funding. In total SOS has granted more than $3 million to projects addressing wildlife crime in various forms and for a diversity of species. Additionally SOS helped initiate and jointly manages IUCN’s Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme; a $23 million 5-year programme.
4. The SOS portfolio currently features a total 87 projects, protecting more than 230 threatened species, by supporting 60 NGOs while operating in 50 countries worldwide.
5. SOS was an early supporter of the SMART Program (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) rollout via the SMART Tiger project. This is our largest grant to date worth $700,000. SMART’s rapid adoption, especially in protected areas management situations, testifies to its effectiveness. Furthermore, since its launch, more than ten SOS funded projects have adopted SMART technology independently of SOS funding. SMART has set a new standard in the sector.
6. SOS has recorded many conservation successes including new populations of species discovered, population increases, dozens of wildlife crime interventions, various head-starting successes among birds and reptiles, the creation of protected areas, the creation of many new sources of livelihoods for communities and individuals alike.
7. World firsts in species conservation supported by SOS funding include: “head-starting” of Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers and Critically Endangered Mangrove finches to boost wild breeding populations by releasing juvenile birds hatched in captivity.
8. Several SOS grantees have been nominated and recognised for their work by international awards.