Rapid Action Grants are available to enable and support Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) engaged in the conservation of large carnivores in Africa, to carry out urgent conservation action at a local level to protect the species and their habitats.
The IUCN Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) has supported the creation of the recently inaugurated Holematthi Nature Information Centre near Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary (MMWS), India. On-the-ground work has been carried out by the Nature Conservation Foundation, an ITHCP grantee.
Helping save species means investing in communities and empowering them to live alongside wildlife. A review of older SOS projects indicates there is no one-size fits all solution however.
Wildlife tourism and ecotourism represent interesting opportunities for local communities to boost their income-generating potential whilst also safeguarding the conservation of species. The Sunakhari buffer zone community in Nepal is one such example.
Shifting from conflict to coexistence with wildlife is possible. But it requires creative and inclusive solutions that balance the needs of species, habitats and communities alike.
Forest cover in Madagascar is estimated to be only 10% of its original extent. This is of critical importance to Malagasy communities and wild species including Madagascar’s 113 lemur species.