“Partnership Funding by Fondation Segré“ is an exciting new grant type endowed by Fondation Segré and managed by Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), which recognises and provides further funding to support the work of four of WFN’s most successful previous Whitley Award and Continuation Funding winners. Over three years, grant funding totaling €1,500,000 will deliver urgent conservation activities to conserve snow leopards in India, penguins in Argentina, freshwater dolphins in Colombia and large carnivores in Turkey.
This new funding offers grants of €337,500 per project over three years (€112,500 per year per project) to outstanding, Whitley award winning conservation leaders and reflects the quality, scale, urgency and financial need of their work. This support provides much needed funding to projects that are having a real and measurable impact on endangered wildlife and local communities. The four “Partnership Funding by Fondation Segré” Projects are:
Charudutt Mishra – From grassroots to global: Realising a conservation vision for snow leopards across their range
In 2013, 2005 Whitley Gold Award winner, Charu Mishra played a key role in bringing together the governments of all 12 snow leopard range countries for an international summit in Kyrgyzstan. The summit resulted in landmark commitments to protect these iconic cats, whilst acknowledging community involvement as a key principle for the future of snow leopards.
Fewer than 7,000 snow leopards remain in the wild due to loss of habitat and wild prey, human-wildlife conflict and poaching. A lack of funding, political and industrial awareness and scientific information hinder conservation efforts.
“We envision a world where conservation of snow leopards and their mountain habitats are given a high place in the global agenda. Partnership Funding by Fondation Segré will help us ensure our philosophy of community-based, science-led conservation is embraced across Asia.” Charu Mishra
Over the next three years Charu’s project will:
- Secure three globally important snow leopard landscapes of 5,000 to 10,000 Km2 and increase the number of communities involved in conservation partnerships by 20%.
- Initiate a programme for producing snow leopard friendly cashmere that brings together the industry and the cashmere producing herders.
- Reduce poaching of snow leopards and prey through new initiatives involving enhanced training and support for rangers.
Pablo Borboroglu – Fostering global penguin conservation
With the Global Penguin Society, 2010 Whitley award winner, Pablo Borboroglu has established the world’s first international coalition for the protection of penguins. By uniting scientists, conservationists and decision makers across the Southern Hemisphere, Pablo is giving penguins a voice.
Over half of the 18 species of penguin are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ or ‘Endangered’ by the IUCN. Threatened by poor fisheries management, pollution and climate change in the oceans, penguins also face pressure on land from coastal development and introduced predators.
“The survival and protection of penguins can only be secured by fostering integrated ocean conservation through science, management and community education. This grant will help us to go a long way to achieving this.” Pablo Borboroglu
Over the next three years Pablo’s project will:
- Stabilise and recover penguin populations through targeted community and science-led conservation in Chile, Argentina, Galapagos, New Zealand and South Africa, benefitting eight species.
- Improve scientific understanding of penguins to provide cutting-edge information to policy makers to help secure new legal protection and improved management of penguins and their habitat in four countries.
- Raise awareness of penguin conservation at the local and international level through targeted education programmes and the mainstream media.
Fernando Trujillo – Strengthening Local and Regional Conservation Initiatives for the Protection of Rivers & Dolphins in South America
2007 Whitley gold winner, Fernando Trujillo promotes trans-boundary conservation of freshwater habitats and their wildlife using river dolphins as a flagship in the Amazon and Orinoco basins, covering their entire global range across Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
South America’s three species of river dolphin face increasing pressure as a result of competition with the fishing industry and are even killed for bait. Pollution and habitat loss from mining and the development of hydro-electrical dams is also a growing threat.
“Our project will integrate scientific research with grassroots and political action to conserve all of South America’s river dolphins. Partnership Funding by Fondation Segré will allow us to work effectively and with high impact locally and nationally, and also across borders.” Fernando Trujillo
Over the next three years Fernando’s project will:
- Make it a legal requirement that assessment of potential impacts on river dolphins are incorporated in to all planning proposals for hydro-electric dams to reduce their impact.
- Provide scientific evidence to the Colombian and Brazilian governments to legally ban the unsustainable mota catfish industry, developing economic alternatives for local fishermen, including as dolphin watching guides.
- Strengthen technical capacity for river dolphin conservation by training at least 120 researchers to use and communicate scientific data to initiate dolphin conservation projects.
Çağan Şekercioğlu – Landscape Conservation of Large Carnivores, Turkey
Double Gold Award winner, Çağan Şekercioğlu is in the top 1% of the world’s most cited conservation scientists and oversees the largest active conservation project in Turkey which is protecting, connecting and restoring habitat for endangered wildlife, providing a vital corridor between Turkey and neighbouring Georgia.
North East Turkey is a biodiversity hot spot but receives little conservation attention. A relentless construction agenda threatens to dismantle environmental laws and wipe out wildlife populations, putting Turkey’s biodiversity in crisis.
“Partnership Funding by Fondation Segré will support landscape-scale conservation of large carnivores in northeastern Turkey through research, awareness raising, environmental education and lobbying the government to create new protected areas, including completion of Turkey’s first wildlife corridor”. Çağan Şekercioğlu
Over the next three years Çağan’s project will:
- Expand monitoring of wolves, bears and lynx to carry out the first assessment of their population size and habitat use by tracking movements using radio collars, camera traps and specially trained scat-detecting dogs.
- Use scientific data to influence political decisions regarding Turkey’s wildlife and advocate for the expansion of protected areas and the placing of road-crossing structures to reduce road mortality.
- Educate local people and develop community conservation initiatives in carnivore habitat to reduce human-wildlife conflict and create village-based wildlife tourism.