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SOS African Wildlife


SOS African Wildlife is a five year initiative, running from 2017-2021, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through the B4Life initiative.

Co-funded by the European Union

NEW: Rapid Action Grants are now available for projects responding to threats linked the the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences and implementedin South Africa. Find out more here.

The SOS African Wildlife initiative aims primarily to halt the decline of the Vulnerable species of Lion (Panthera leo), Leopard (Panthera pardus), Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) as well as the Endangered species of African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) and Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis), increasingly threatened by poaching, habitat fragmentation and human encroachment on wild habitats. The initiative also contributes to ensuring the long-term survival of smaller carnivores and prey species, including the Critically Endangered African Wild Ass (Equus africanus), the Endangered Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi), and various antelope species. SOS African Wildlife will enable coordinated conservation work across the species’ natural habitats.

Actions to be funded through SOS African Wildlife will include those that address and reduce human-wildlife conflict, poaching of carnivores and their prey, wildlife trafficking, as well as those focussed on enhancing law enforcement and implementing actions that empower communities to participate in conservation as part of innovative livelihood solutions. Projects funded under the initiative will also contribute to ensuring the long-term survival of smaller carnivores and prey species such as various antelope species by empowering civil society organisations which will work with relevant authorities and involve local communities in finding solutions to prevent their extinction. Concrete outputs expected include increases in the populations of species targeted by each project, increases in the availability of critical habitat areas, and a reduction of direct threats and conflicts.

SOS African Wildlife provides two main types of small to medium sized grants:

  1. Threatened Species Grants are awarded through periodic Calls for Proposals for projects that have a programmatic approach to addressing existing conservation threats to carnivores and prey species, and are available to Civil Society Organisations only.
  2. Rapid Action Grants are awarded through an open-ended Call for Proposals. They are designed to enable immediate responses to new and emerging threats. Two types of Rapid Action Grants are open to projects responding to threats linked to the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences, targeting terrestrial and freshwater threatened species:
    1. For projects in continental Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, available only to Civil Society Organisations.
    2. For projects implemented in South Africa in particular, Rapid Action Grants are available to Civil Society Organisations and public entities.

Any active Calls for Proposals are posted on the Calls for Proposals web-page.


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