About the Programme
Applications are open for National Geographic Big Cats Conservation Grants 2020. The goal of this fund is to identify projects that will help reduce the decline of African big cats in the wild.
The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative (BCI) seeks to advance conservation efforts benefitting big cat populations, protecting and restoring them and their habitats via field-based, action-oriented, direct, and quantifiable strategic programs.
BCI conducted an evidence-based analysis to assess big cat conservation in Africa, identify funding gaps, and determine a focused engagement strategy for lion conservation funding (Jacobson and Riggio, 2018). As a result of this analysis, National Geographic’s lion population priorities have more than 50 individuals currently, either have high recovery potential or are current strongholds, are not primarily based around a trophy hunting reserve, and are primarily threatened by human-wildlife conflict or livestock encroachment.
Given these requirements, 17 lion populations qualify as National Geographic lion population priorities for conservation attention. Three additional lion populations from West and Central Africa were also included since lions in these geographic regions are genetically distinct from those in East and Southern Africa.
In total, BCI has identified 20 populations (and 32 lion areas), spread across 18 countries, as National Geographic lion priority areas. These priority populations encompass nearly 1.25 million square kilometres and are estimated to contain ~19,000 lions or 83 per cent of Africa’s known lion population. Although priority will be given to projects focused on lions, projects on leopard and cheetah populations within these 20 areas will also be considered.
- They encourage applications from around the world.
- All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application. There is no upper age limit for Early Career Grants.
Applicants may request up to $100,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years.
How to Submit?
Interested applicants can submit their proposals through this link.
October 21, 2020
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