The Preventing Extinction Fund will provide grants to local Civil Society Organizations that are focused on creating or expanding protected areas for species at the highest risk of extinction across the tropics and subtropics. Proposals are now being accepted on a rolling basis.
Biodiversity loss is one of the most significant crises in the 21st century. Currently, more than 26,500 species assessed by the IUCN Red List are threatened by extinction. The vast majority of these species are imperilled due habitat loss or overexploitation. The creation of well-enforced nature reserves is a proven tool to protect endangered species, improve habitat conditions and connectivity, and facilitate their recovery. The goal of the Preventing Extinctions Fund is to accelerate these efforts, and ensure that they have access to the necessary funds to establish protection for significant habitats—those that protects one of the last homes rare and endangered species.
The Preventing Extinction Fund will prioritize projects that are located in ‘Rare Species Sites’ as defined on the Global Safety Net, and in the tropics and subtropics. These sites comprise of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), including Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) sites; and sites that capture important populations of rare, endemic, and range-restricted vertebrates and plants. Proposals will be reviewed by global biodiversity specialists from our Expert Advisory Panel of over 60 members.
The Preventing Extinctions Fund includes two types of grants: the Species Planning Grants (up to USD 10,000) support the identification and assessment of priority sites for protected area establishment; the Protected Area Conservation Action Grants (Rapid Response: up to USD 100,000; Extended: more than USD 100,000) support actions that establish or expand protected areas to help improve the status of threatened animal species and their habitats.
Authored by Andy Lee