Presenting SOS - Save Our Species


Created in 2010, SOS – Save Our Species is a joint initiative of IUCN, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank supported by multiple additional donors. Its objective is to ensure the long-term survival of threatened species, their habitats and the people who depend on them.



SOS is the go-to mechanism to identify and support the best frontline wildlife conservation projects worldwide that help address the global extinction crisis.  In so doing, SOS is designed and aligned to helping governments, international and multilateral organisations directly achieving three key Aichi targets agreed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (CoP) in 2010:

Target 1: Raising awareness about biodiversity. Through operational and strategic communications, SOS is an ideal platform to engage with existing and new audiences about the multiple and long-lasting benefits of species conservation.

Target 12: Reducing biodiversity loss. Because of its unique ability to fund evidence based conservation using the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ and the IUCN Species Survival Commission, SOS is an ideal mechanism to achieve targeted and impactful conservation goals.

Target 20: Mobilizing resources to prevent biodiversity loss. Created as a coalition open to all members of civil society SOS aims to increase the total amount of funding allocated to species conservation annually.

To date SOS has disbursed US $10 million in species conservation grants and leveraged a further US $13 million in funding.

In total SOS has granted more than US $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 US $23 million 5-year programme.

The SOS portfolio currently features a total of 109 projects, protecting 250 threatened species, by supporting 78 NGOs operating in 65 countries worldwide.


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