The conservation community keeps demonstrating that conservation does work when (i) actions are carefully planned and designed, (ii) the right players are involved, (iii) there is political support and (iv) sufficient funding is available. However if we collectively want to stop the species extinction crisis, much more needs to be done; in particular additional resources need to be found and existing ones need to be well spent: balancing between emergency responses and strategic approaches, maximizing the efficient use of a grant ….
This workshop will allow conservation practitioners and donors to meet and discuss the following topics:
- What is the demand for species conservation funding? What are the challenges in meeting this demand?
- Do the existing funding mechanisms come close to meeting this demand? Are new species conservation funding mechanisms such as Mohamed bin Zayed Fund and SOS (announced at the last WCC) filling the gap?
- What is an ideal species conservation project? What to include in a proposal in order to score very high on all the criteria, deliver concrete results and have an attractive communication appeal that could in turn generate additional funding and interest
- What options do exist for expanding species conservation funding; what strategy would we need to follow to multiply the existing funding; could we set a global funding target ?
- To what extent can broader funding mechanisms also address species issues? Is there a bias against species in the broader mechanisms in particular those designed for poverty alleviation and maintenance of ecosystem services? If so, why and how do we address this?
The main objectives of the workshop are:
- Increase funding for species conservation and enhance species conservation on the ground.
- Share lessons learnt with species conservation practitioners looking for funding and increase their success rate.
- How much money is needed and what collective thoughts are there on how to acquire it?
A short introduction from the Species Survival Commission Chair will be followed by 2 keynote speeches and an intercative panel discussion with representatives of donors and NGOs.