The conservation role of tea plantations in Northeast India: With over 3000 sq km of land under tea cultivation, Assam is India’s biggest tea-producer, generating a rich brew sought world-over. But Assam’s tea gardens also play another vital role. When managed within the context of important conservation landscapes, they serve as refuges and movement linkages for threatened species of global significance, such as tigers and elephants.
A recent study by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) reveals nearly 60 per cent of iconic freshwater species such as crocodiles, hippos, sturgeons and river dolphins are classified as threatened on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and lacking adequate protection.
A lot can change in a short time in this information age – so too for conservation. Following successes strengthening governance in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park which was supported by an SOS grant 2011-2013, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) strategy has developed further.
North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African antelope species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
In partnership with the European Commission, IUCN’s SOS – Save Our Species is delighted to confirm the first ten projects for funding through its African Wildlife initiative. This marks the beginning of an exciting period for coordinated species conservation action across the continent helping protect many of its iconic yet threatened animals.