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The Flagship Species Fund

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Written by: Victoria Price
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The Flagship Species Fund (FSF) was launched in 2001 as a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Since then, the partnership has contributed to the conservation of many threatened plant and animal species across the globe.

However, after 14 years of highly successful partnership, Defra and FFI regret to announce that we have decided to bring the fund to a close this year. This decision has been made following recognition that the funding priorities of the two organisations have evolved and diverged. Therefore, support from the Flagship Species Fund will not be available from 2015 onwards.

FFI greatly appreciates the support of Defra throughout this long relationship through the Flagship Species Fund and we are truly proud of the fund’s impressive achievements over this time.

FFI will continue to support species-focused conservation through new avenues and continue to pursue new opportunities.

What have we achieved?

Since its inception, the Flagship Species Fund has:

  • Supported the work of 76 non-governmental organisations
  • Operated in 54 countries (including eight UK Overseas Territories) to support 132 projects
  • Awarded a total of £1,787,617 in funding
  • Contributed to the conservation of 110 threatened species worldwide, including trees, invertebrates and fish

The Flagship Species Fund has also achieved some remarkable things. Among other successes arising from the fund:

  • A major land crab spawning site on Ascension Island was designated as a nature reserve in August 2013
  • A pilot re-introduction project successfully released three female orang-utans into the wild and established a long-term release site in West Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • A Rapid Response Network of 75 rangers was established in the Galapagos to deal with marine stranding incidents, particularly targeting Endangered green turtles
  • A new scheme promoting more sustainable tapping of lansan tree resin has been written into a species management plan and has now been fully adopted into the Saint Lucian National Forestry Management Plan

To get a better idea of the breadth of species supported by the Flagship Species Fund, take a look at the list of previously funded projects (PDF).

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Victoria Price

Victoria joined FFI's Conservation Science team in 2013 after completing an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. Victoria has previously worked with major international NGOs and has spent time conducting fieldwork primarily on oceanic islands and mainland Africa. Her key interest is the role of pollinating species in the conservation of threatened ecosystems, for example the Rodrigues Flying Fox. This interest feeds into her current role working on the Global Trees Campaign. Victoria also coordinates a number of conservation grants including the Rapid Response Facility and the Flagship Species Fund.

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Since 2001, the Flagship Species Fund has contributed to the conservation of many threatened plant and animal species across the globe.

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