Wildlife generates interest and arouses our passion which is demonstrated by the huge popularity of zoos or botanical gardens visited worldwide. Species have the power to communicate; their conservation is portrayed through wonderful photos, amazing stories and dedicated, driven individuals working with local communities.
While biodiversity loss remains a key challenge for human kind, funding is not at the level needed and more and more species are becoming threatened with extinction as demonstrated by the updates of the Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. The decline of most of threatened species is caused by humans and in most cases their extinction can be avoided and their decline reversed. Whether they disappear forever or remain on the planet simply depends on whether we as a society believe they are worth protecting.
To respond to this challenge, IUCN, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank supported by Nokia and the Fonds français pour l’environnement mondial (FFEM) have joined forces to make the task easier for donors, in particular businesses, who would like to engage in wildlife conservation. To do so we have built on the attractive power of wild creatures well known by all sectors of society and created SOS – Save Our Species. This is a unique partnership, mobilizing the unique knowledge, expertise and networks of the most knowledgeable organizations, in particular the IUCN Species Survival Commission, aiming at conserving the most visible part of biodiversity and, indirectly, its neglected component, to maximize impact and reverse the current trend. This is a concrete response to the call for action endorsed by all governments in Nagoya, specifically the CBD Aichi targets 12 and 20, and it is open to all who can put their resources and skilfullness to bear.
SOS objective is to ensure the long-term survival of threatened species and their habitats as well as human communities depending on them.
Thousands of enthusiastic people are trying to do miracles around the globe, often anonymously and with very limited support. Come and hear more about the initiative and these people!
The event will provide a fantastic opportunity for networking and discussion between attendees, SOS grantees and partners.
Join us, meet and hear from SOS grantees (FUNDAECO, San Diego Zoo Global, Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Zoological Society of London), partners (GEF, World Bank, FFEM) and the SOS Secretariat!