Eastern Europe and Central Asia

SOS Central Asia

The SOS Central Asia initiative, launched in 2019 by IUCN and funded by a Hong Kong based private foundation, aims to support species conservation action in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the next three years.
Snow Leopard

This Call is designed to support the implementation of the Program of Work of the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI) of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and offers grants for projects targeting the conservation of the Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) and the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia). By focussing on these species with complementary ranges, grants will benefit large parts of Central Asia’s most important ecosystems: high mountains and lowland steppes and semi-deserts.

Central Asia holds some of the world’s largest intact grassland ecosystems as well as mountain areas. Due to the sparse vegetation and water resources, animals are crossing large distances to find fertile feeding and breeding grounds. Man-made infrastructure such as railways, fences and pipelines prevent them from reaching feeding grounds or calving areas. Poaching, overhunting and illegal wildlife trade are on the rise due to increased demand for meat and trophies. Increasing livestock density causes competition with wildlife over scarce food resources, while land conversion for agricultural purposes reduces the quality and availability of suitable habitat. Climate change is exacerbating these threats.

To help address these challenges, SOS Central Asia will identify and support conservation projects aimed at helping protect the Goitered Gazelle and the Snow Leopard while supporting local communities through community engagement, the generation of alternative livelihood options, capacity building, public awareness raising, and similar supporting activities.

For more information please visit the SOS – Save Our Species website.

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