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Save Our Species – Three Years of Life and Action

pub­lished 19 Octo­ber 2014 | mod­i­fied 19 Octo­ber 2014

The global coali­tion SOS — Save Our Species has pub­lished a report of the results of three years of work.

SOS report frontIn 2010, SOS — Save Our Species has been launched as a global coali­tion to con­serve threat­ened species and their habi­tats. The 3 found­ing part­ners IUCN, GEF and World Bank ini­ti­ated this global coali­tion to build the biggest species con­ser­va­tion fund, sup­port­ing on-​the-​ground field con­ser­va­tion projects world-​wide.

Each species is unique, and so is SOS — Save Our Species. It been designed to fill a niche in the com­plex con­ser­va­tion com­mu­nity. By har­ness­ing the resources and exper­tise of a net­work of global insti­tu­tions and fund­ing the projects most likely to have a pos­i­tive impact. SOS is both a tool for action and a plat­form for com­mu­ni­cat­ing suc­cesses. Pool­ing resources, lever­ag­ing the exper­tise of the IUCN Species Sur­vival Com­mis­sion around the inspir­ing qual­ity of wildlife, SOS is a uni­ver­sal cause and a sin­gu­lar mech­a­nism*.

Recently a report ‘SOS — Three Years of Life and Action’ has been pub­lished, accom­pa­nied by a video to show how much has been achieved in three years of life and action.

The video ‘SOS — Save Our Species: What if?’ below high­lights three years of life and action:

(Source: SaveOur­Species­SOS YouTube channel)

Bio­di­ver­sity and ecosys­tem ser­vices
The diver­sity of life on our planet is breath­tak­ing, offer­ing a huge vari­ety of ani­mals and plants. But this bio­di­ver­sity of the ecosys­tems deliv­ers var­i­ous ser­vices to mankind. Food, clean water, fuel, med­i­cine and other essen­tials are ecosys­tem ser­vices we can­not live with­out.

Yet this rich bio­log­i­cal diver­sity is dis­ap­pear­ing at a fright­en­ing and accel­er­at­ing rate, as the IUCN Red List of Threat­ened Species™ indi­cates. Thou­sands of ani­mals and plants around the world face extinc­tion with species cur­rently dis­ap­pear­ing at a rate up to 1,000 times higher than nor­mal. 1 in 4 mam­mals, 1 in 3 amphib­ians, 1 in 3 corals, and 1 in 8 birds are at risk of extinc­tion. With­out imme­di­ate action to halt the decline of bio­di­ver­sity, not only will species dis­ap­pear for­ever, but the very fab­ric of our soci­ety and liveli­hoods could be placed in severe jeop­ardy**.

*: from the intro­duc­tion of the report ‘SOS — Three Years of Life and Action’
**: from SOS — Save Our Species website

(Source: SOS — Save Our Species website)

UN Biodiversity decade
WWF Stop Wildlife Crime
Fight for Flight campaign
End Ivory-funded Terrorism
Support Rewilding Europe
NASA State of Flux

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

Tiger range countries map

Tiger map” (CC BY 2.5) by Sander­son et al., 2006.

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