ASAP is an IUCN SSC initiative aimed at reversing the declines of the most threatened land and freshwater vertebrates in Southeast Asia. ASAP is an inter-institutional coalition which brings together organisations in an effort to focus attention on a region that, without more serious conservation intervention, will see the demise of much of its unique diversity. The partnership was created in response to alarming results which showed that Southeast Asia had by far the highest concentration of species on the brink of extinction of any region in the world.
Currently ASAP has nearly 70 Partners made up of national and international NGOs, academic and research institutions, zoos and associations, and wildlife rescue centres. By enabling and catalysing action for ASAP species conservation, raising the profile of the plight of these species, building capacity and increasing support for priority conservation action, ASAP aims to support its Partners and other stakeholders to implement effective conservation and reverse the declines in the wild of the most threatened land and freshwater vertebrates in Southeast Asia.
ASAP species are defined as the land and freshwater vertebrates which are Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and are found within Southeast Asia. There are currently 175 ASAP species (53 birds, 48 fishes, 40 mammals, 24 reptiles and 10 amphibians) many of which are endemic to Southeast Asia. Indonesia holds by far the largest number of ASAP species followed by Philippines and Vietnam.
ASAP is excited to be partnering with LINCZ to review project concepts which focus on ASAP species. ASAP has endorsed project concepts that are potentially able to address conservation needs of the named ASAP focal species and endorsements are indicated on the project page.