A Call from the Wild
The newsletter of IUCN Save Our Species and the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme
Happy International Tiger Day!
We are very excited to announce that there has been a 40% increase of tigers in the wild according to the latest IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM assessment.
As many of you might know, IUCN’s Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) contributes to a worldwide effort that aims to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022. In fact, ITHCP was created in response to the Global Tiger Summit in 2010, where this ambitious goal was set.
While tigers remain Endangered on the IUCN Red List, this upward trend indicates that projects such as the ITHCP are successful, and species recovery is possible as long as conservation efforts continue.
In a new opinion piece written by the Coalition for Securing a Viable Future for the Tiger, a group of NGOs and organisations dedicated to tiger conservation, expanding tiger range should be a key priority.
Tigers are currently found in fewer locations than at any time in history but expanding their range, either by their natural movements or by active translocations, would go a long way towards restoring their full ecological roles as top predators.
Committing to expanding the tiger’s range and returning the species to their original areas is a wildly ambitious plan, but it is feasible. This should be one of the areas we focus our efforts on to Keep Nature Standing.
Celebrate International Tiger Day by watching this brand-new reel by digital influencer Noonoouri, who has been collaborating with IUCN Save Our Species since 2019.
IUCN Save Our Species at APAC
IUCN Save Our Species attended the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress in Rwanda last week. In a special event, we showcased the work done by some of our African Wildlife Initiative grant recipients in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region where we currently have over 80 active projects thanks to funding from the European Union. The event highlighted their contribution towards the conservation of threatened species, while also shining a light on the challenges local communities living around areas of high diversity value have to endure.
In another event co-hosted with Comission on Migratory Species, Panthera and WWF, the Joint CMS – CITES African Carnivore Initiative was presented. By teaming up, this initiative will offer the opportunity for coordinated and more efficient landscape action for large carnivores in Africa. IUCN will provide the financing mechanism and technical know-how for this initiative through the IUCN Save Our Species.
Find out more about the African Wildlife initiative
Have a look at our exclusive APAC brochure, which explains the African Wildlife initiative's work and summarises our achievements so far.
Latest funding opportunities
We are thrilled to announce that the second Call for Proposals under the Fondation Segré Conservation Action Fund will launch on August 3rd, 2022.
This Call for Proposals will focus on scaled reptiles, the most diverse and largest order of all reptile groups. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, more than one in five of the world’s reptiles are threatened with extinction, making their conservation a priority.
Two different types of grants will be available through the Fund in order to support on-the-ground conservation action and to provide budding researchers the opportunity to mature into seasoned conservationists.
Thank you to our partners
IUCN Save Our Species contributes to the long-term survival of threatened species, their habitats and the people who depend on them by supporting civil society organisations. It aims at building the capacity of many of these organisations and communicating about the successes to inspire more people to support this universal cause. This is IUCN's response to the challenges identified by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ mobilising IUCN's unique knowledge and expertise of the members of the Species Survival Commission and its many Specialist Groups.
The Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) or ‘Tiger Programme‘ is an initiative funded by the German Cooperation via KfW Development Bank, which contributes to the global effort to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022 by supporting landscape level conservation work benefiting species, communities and habitats. Coordinated actions enhancing conservation skills, developing new livelihoods and improving governance and infrastructure are delivering results in terms of better protected tigers across these landscapes.