Call for applications: small grant for tree species conservation in Asia-Pacific region.

Posted on by Victoria Price
The Global Trees Campaign is delighted to announce its support of the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP). The programme, which supports future conservation leaders, is now accepting applications for the CLP 2018 Future Conservationist Award, in which one project will be dedicated to tree species conservation.

The need to boost conservation action for the world’s threatened trees has never been more urgent. With over 1,900 species already listed as Critically Endangered, many trees are in imminent danger of extinction. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that very few practitioners focus on tree species conservation.

For a second year running one of these awards will be allocated specifically for a project team focusing on a threatened tree species.

CLP training course 2013. Credit; CLP

CLP training course 2013. Credit; CLP

The Award

CLP Future Conservationist Awards offer funding of US$12,500 to teams of early-career conservationists to conduct projects on species that are categorised as Data Deficient, Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Projects must take place in one of 31 eligible territories*, be led (or co-led) by a national of one of these countries, involve a minimum of three people and last no more than 12 months.

In addition to providing project funding, CLP will invite one member of each award-winning team, all expenses paid, to an international project management and leadership training course.

Future Leaders

In 2017, support from the Global Trees Campaign helped a team from Oman to carry out fieldwork on the Arabian dragon tree (Dracaena serrulata), an Endangered species. Oman is thought to be a stronghold for the species, containing over 70% of the global population. The CLP Award contributed to a conservation assessment of the species populations in Oman.

Arabian dragon trees in Oman. Credit; Darach Lupton.

Arabian dragon trees in Oman. Credit; Darach Lupton.

Ghudaina Al Issai, leader of the successful dragon tree project, describes what this funding meant to them: “It means a lot to the team, and we appreciate the opportunity CLP is giving us to do some conservation work in Arabia that will hopefully make a change in our region.”

Support for Applicants

From now until the end of November 2017, CLP is accepting applications from early-career conservationists, offering them the opportunity to join a growing network of leaders.

For more information about the 2017 Future Conservationist Award, including the eligibility criteria, applications forms, deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions, visit the CLP website.

Talking trees. Credit; GTC.

Talking trees. Credit; GTC.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to request support from the Global Trees Campaign team in developing and writing their application. Interested applicants are asked to contact well before the deadline for more information and advice.

*Eligible countries for this funding round are: American Samoa, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

Written by Victoria Price

Victoria works as a Programme Officer at Fauna & Flora International. In her role she provides support to the Global Trees Campaign and is responsible for the delivery of several field projects including Central Asia & Madagascar.



    I could able to see conservation Leadership program supports a lot in conserving threatened tree species. i am interested to work with the species SWITENIA MACROPHYLLA and other threatened species in india. CURRENTLY I AM UNDERGOING I Ph.D programme.
    suggest me is there any fellowship available to support this research.

    1. Victoria Price Post author on

      Hi there – it’s great to hear that you are interested in working with tree species. As far as the research goes I would suggest avenues recommended by your university as I imagine they will know the donors who are most appropriate regarding their eligibility criteria. The Rufford Foundation also support PhD fieldwork – as long as the research is applied to conservation. Best of luck.

  2. Chennakesavalu Varadarajulu on

    Very useful call.I and two of my colleagues are retired agricultural officials and part of agricultural service consultancy(free service) and work as a NGO in Salem,Tamilnadu,India.
    One of our mandate is conservation of Natural florals and as per it we just started work on conserving Rare,Endemic,Endangered ,Threatened native tree species in consultation with government organisations.We are drawing up a project to do this work,in coordination with government Botanical Gardens in Tamilnadu state,India.
    Ìs it we as a consultancy society is eligible for availing your assistance under CLP.
    Chennakesavalu Secretary,SAGCAAS, Salem,Tamilnadu,India.

    1. Victoria Price Post author on

      Hi there. Thank you for your questions and interest in the GTC. The CLP funding is for early career conservationists so unfortunately, appplicants with over 5 years paid experience of working in conservation are not eligible to apply (although they can be project advisers). Also, applicants must apply on an individual capacity, rather than on behalf of an NGO. All of the eligibility criteria are given on CLP’s website;


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