Wildlife Asia supports several other field projects with small grants and emergency funding support. We recognise that from small grass-roots initiatives, genuine conservation impact can grow and therefore endeavour to direct our resources to local, community-driven projects. Some of the projects we have recently provided funding to include;
It is an inevitable consequence of human encroachment and habitat fragmentation that wildlife will become isolated in the last remaining trees, often in close proximity to communities. This is indeed the case for the Javan Gibbon. Working in partnership with Wanicare, SGP has provided some initial support to investigate the current status and threats to several isolated populations of Javan gibbon in West Java. The management of these gibbons moving forward is likely to be complex but we hope that together with Wanicare and partners we can support their rescue and eventual contribution to the population.
Misool FoundationFor over a decade Misool Foundation has worked tirelessly to protect the most biodiverse reefs on earth.The Misool Marine Reserve is the jewel in the crown of Raja Ampat’s astounding biodiversity. It is home to over 699 species of mollusc, 1,564 described species of reef fish and over 75% of the world’s known coral species. The Reserve is a 300,000-acre protected area inside which all extractive practices are prohibited. No fishing, no collecting turtle eggs, no reef bombing, no cyanide fishing, no netting, and no shark finning is allowed. The Foundation’s work has resulted in an 86% reduction in illegal fishing within the marine reserve, an increase of fish biomass by, on average, 250% in a six-year period and 25 x increase in shark numbers inside the marine reserve compared to directly outside. The Misool Ranger Patrol, a 15-strong team of local rangers, patrol from 5 Ranger Stations within the reserve to enforce this ban.
Institute of Forestry, NepalThe Greater one-horned rhino has made remarkable recovery since its decline to staggeringly low numbers in the 1960s. Poaching has been reasonably well controlled in recent years, even enabling the translocation of individuals to new National parks within their range. In Chitwan, Nepal, poaching remains relatively low but the rhinos are under threat from the degradation of their habitat and the enhanced probability of human-rhino conflict. With support from the Asian Rhino Project, we have provided funding to assess local perception and conservation issues towards the increasing rhino population and to educate and motivate the younger generation about the importance of living harmoniously with rhino in their landscape.
In partnership with Kalaweit, Wildlife Asia supported the purchase of 84ha of the Supayang reserve in Sumatra. This sanctuary (now almost 300 ha) is home to an enormous variety of Critically Endangered and Endangered species, and without protection, was facing the immediate threat of being destroyed by developers. The Reserve is high in biodiversity and adjacent to a large protected area of almost 20,000 ha, as well as the Kalaweit Conservation Centre, which houses Siamang, Agile Gibbon, Malayan Sunbear and the only captive population of the Critically Endangered Klosses gibbon.
Through our partner, Silvery Gibbon Project, we have provided some emergency funding support for enclosure renovation and operating costs at HURO program. HURO has successfully set up the first rescue center dedicated to the Western Hoolock Gibbon in a challenging part of India. Today, the HURO programme stands as a broad project for conservation and local development, particularly successful in rescuing and managing gibbons captured for the illegal pet trade and educating the future generations about the importance of protecting gibbons.
With funds generated throughout the International Year of the Gibbon campaign in 2015, in partnership with the IUCN Section on Small Apes, we distributed four small grants to priority gibbon projects in 2016. These included; Malaysian Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, for the construction of facilities at their rescue and rehabilitation centre in Peninsula Malaysia; Mentawi Dwarf Gibbon Conservation Project, for the conservation of the Kloss gibbon; Community based conservation , population estimation and threats assessment of Western Hoolock gibbon in Bangladesh and Community Based Conservation Education Campaign on Western Hoolock gibbon in Assam, India.