Annual Report 2018
Global Support for Species Conservation
For the first time, this 2018 Annual Report will review the Fund's full range of activities, which includes the support we provide to international partner organisations concerned with broader species-specific conservation projects.
A decade after the founding of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, we are pleased to report that 2,000 individual projects in more than 160 countries have benefitted from our support of their efforts to conserve more than 1,300 separate species and subspecies around the globe.
Founded by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Fund seeks to support species conservation in all its forms. In this regard it is dynamic, in that it can tailor the delivery of support to best fit the specific requirements of recipients; for example, by acting as the executing agency for the GEF-funded Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project (DSCP); providing funding for big cat conservation through the US-based conservation organization Panthera; and disbursing small, targeted grants to conservationists in the field.
The Fund is perhaps best known for this latter aspect of its work – its capacity to quickly approve and disburse small grants to individual researchers and conservationists to support or maintain their efforts in the field. The small grants programme is structured around an initial endowment of US $27.5 million, the proceeds of which are disbursed to support species conservation projects worldwide. With over US $1.5 million in funding distributed in 2018 to 188 different projects, this programme continues to achieve significant impacts on the conservation of an expanding range of plants, animals and ecosystems.
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak
Since 2008, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has sought to empower species conservation efforts and programmes across the globe, embodying the deep-rooted commitment of both the government and the people of Abu Dhabi to the preservation of our natural heritage.
Why species conservation?
Species-level conservation today does not enjoy the same prominence in the environmental/conservation sphere as it once did. Many of the original global conservation organisations were established with a strong species focus, but over time much of the emphasis and funding has moved to other environmental priorities and grown in scope to include other disciplines.
Whereas the primary activities of species conservationists (many of whom were originally hunters, animal lovers or simply enthusiastic amateur naturalists) involved weeks and months in the field, a significant portion of conservation today takes the form of lab work, or conservation planning and analysis conducted in offices. Whilst these are all pursuits that are vital to the goals of global conservation, the decline of field-based species conservation as a discipline within the evolving environmental movement is an alarming trend that must be resisted.
Activities and ethos
In view of this crisis facing species conservation, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, established this dedicated fund for the provision of support to conservation initiatives worldwide.
To preserve the creatures and habitats we treasure – and indeed depend on – within their natural habitat, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund seeks to support on-the-ground champions of species conservation through its small grants programme; the individuals in villages, field stations, laboratories and homes who are dedicated to conserving their local (and the world’s global) threatened species.
The Fund assists their work through focused financial support from the proceeds of its endowment, nurturing the next generation of conservationists by making the best practices available to them using innovative communication methods.
In addition, the Fund simultaneously directs the allocation of financial assistance from other sources in Abu Dhabi to support various conservation initiatives and programmes worldwide – such as the wild cat conservation organisation, Panthera – and acts as the executing agency for the GEF-funded Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project.
Through its events and additional activities, the Fund also seeks to recognise individual leaders in the field of species conservation whose passion and commitment often go unnoticed, and in doing so, to inspire others with an interest in the field.
The MBZ Fund also supports several conservation initiatives beyond its small grants programme — including a GEF-funded project for the conservation of dugong and seagrass, support for big cat conservation through Panthera and many more.
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak,
A dynamic approach to global species conservation
The Fund has sought to make its small grants programme available to all conservation efforts without discrimination by location, taxa or species, other than through guidance from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and in response to applications received.
Of the species on the Red List, the Fund focuses most of its financial attention on those that are Critically Endangered (CR) or Endangered (EN), or about which little is known (Data deficient [DD]). The Red List features around 1,000 species that are believed to be extant but in populations of less than 100 individuals, and the Fund would advocate that every one of these is worthy of conservation attention and funding.
In the eyes of the Fund, therefore, the lichen is considered just as important as the lion, and it allocates support purely on its assessment of the impact that a suggested project will have on the conservation of a given species – whatever its role in an ecosystem or relationship to humans.
The number and breadth of species that the Fund supports, and the variety of roles it fulfils to achieve its objectives, illustrate the fact that whilst it is highly specific in terms of its aims – to support both individual and collective species conservation activities – it is also extremely dynamic in its methods.
This represents the true strength of the Fund as a global conservation actor and reflects a long-standing tradition of philanthropy and conservation in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where major programmes have been successful in protecting species as diverse as the Arabian oryx, gazelle, Houbara Bustard, dugong and marine turtles.
It is this tradition that lies at the heart of the work of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, which strives to embody and apply the Emirate’s inherent appreciation for the natural world and its biodiversity through its unique and genuinely international approach to philanthropy and species conservation.
While the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund supports a diverse range of species through direct funding and engagement with multi-partner conservation projects around the world, the species coverage and number of conservationists supported each year by its small grants programme is unparalleled.
Thousands of these small-scale species conservation projects have reached all corners of the globe, from Antarctica to Belarus, Alabama to Australia, offering targeted support to enthusiastic conservationists and researchers in the field.
These intrepid individuals are the first line of defence against species extinction – passionate people who have dedicated their lives to the conservation of the creatures and plants they love and we depend on to retain our planet’s unique biodiversity.
Salvation in Surveillance
Salvation in Surveillance
Searching for "lost" Hibiscadelphus woodii (Malvaceae) using UAV technology.
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Using innovative methods of environmental DNA testing to search for the critically endangered Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle in Asia.
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Reintroduction into Society
Reintroduction into Society
Reintroduction of a tree snail in French Polynesia
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The Mystery of the Antarctic Toothfish
The Mystery of the Antarctic Toothfish
Improving the knowledge of the Antarctic toothfish lifecycle to foster its conservation in a proposed marine protected area.
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In Search of the “Little Devil”
In Search of the “Little Devil”
Will satellite tagging a rare sea bird lead conservationists to its nesting grounds?
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Small grants supported 2018
IUCN Red List classifications
|Type||IUCN||Vernacular Name||Scientific Name||Name||Name of Organization||Country, Continent||Funding|
|Fungi||VU||Morris' Amanita||Amanita morrisi||Sanjay Molur||Zoo Outreach Organization||India, Asia||$5,000|
|Fungi||VU||Shelf fungi||Buglossoporus magnus||Andrew Anak Ngadin||Universiti Malaysia Terengganu||Malaysia, Asia||$11,000|
|Fungi||CR||Sandy Stiltball||Battarrea phalloides||Marica Lewis||Malta Mycological Association||Malta, Europe||$5,000|
|Plant||NE||Welwitschia||Welwitschia mirabilis||Pierluigi Bombi||National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Research on Terrestrial Ecosystems (CNR-IRET)||Namibia, Africa||$13,000|
|Plant||CR||Psychotria bimbiensis||Psychotria bimbiensis||Hermann Taedoumg||Plant Systematics and Ecology Laboratory (LaBosystE)||Cameroon, Africa||$13,000|
|Plant||CR||African Violet||Saintpaulia teitensis||Mark Otieno||University of Embu||Kenya, Africa||$8,500|
|Invertebrate||EN||Girigiri||Corals||Igo Gari||Bnd University||Papua New Guinea, Oceania||$12,700|
|Invertebrate||CR||Gran Canaria Bush-Cricket||Evergoderes cabrerai||Axel Hochkirch||IUCN SSC Grasshopper Specialist Group||Spain, Europe||$12,100|
|Invertebrate||NE||diplommatinid land snail||Arinia spp.||Menno Schilthuizen||Taxon Expeditions||Malaysia, Asia||$5,000|
|Invertebrate||NE||bumble bees||Bombus spp.||Kinley Tenzin||Ministry of Agriculture||Bhutan, Asia||$5,700|
|Fish||EN||Madagascar Blind fish||Typhleotris mararybe||Sama Zefania||N/A||Madagascar, Africa||$5,200|
|Fish||NE||Antarctic Toothfish||Dissostichus mawsoni||Chiara Papetti||Univeristy of Padova||South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica||$8,000|
|Amphibian||EN||Apennine Yellow-bellied Toad||Bombina pachypus||Cristiano Spilinga||Studio Naturalistico Hyla||Italy, Europe||$12,000|
|Amphibian||CR||Bleeding Toad||Leptophryne cruentata||Ardo Ramdhani||N/A||Indonesia, Asia||$3,000|
|Amphibian||CR||Bamboutos Egg’s Frog||Leptodactylodon axillaris||Arnaud Marius Tchassem Fokoua||Laboratory of Zoology, University of Yaoundé I||Cameroon, Africa||$7,730|
|Amphibian||EN||Long toed tree frog||Leptopelis xenodactylus||Louis Du Preez||North-West University||South Africa, Africa||$4,500|
|Plant||EN||Mollinedia stenophylla||Mollinedia stenophylla||Elton John de Lírio||University of São Paulo||Brazil, South America||$5,000|
|Plant||CR||Buchanania barberi||Buchanania barberi||ANURAG DHYANI||JAWAHARLAL NEHRU TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE||India, Asia||$4,850|
|Plant||CR||Parana pine||Araucaria angustifolia||Rafael Barbizan Sühs||Federal University of Santa Catarina||Brazil, South America||$5,000|
|Plant||CR||Maguey azul||Agave grisea||Amanda Lucía Vitlloch||Cienfuegos Botanical Garden||Cuba, North America||$3,890|
|Plant||CR||Talbotiella gentii||Talbotiella gentii||Prince Adu-Tutu||N/A||Ghana, Africa||$5,135|
|Invertebrate||NE||Milky flatworm||Dendrocoelum lacteum||Raoul Manenti||Department of Environmental Science and Policy of the University of Milan||Italy, Europe||$3,400|
|Fish||CR||Sakhalin taimen||Hucho perryi||Matthew Sloat||Wild Salmon Center||Russia, Asia||$8,000|
|Fish||CR||Ningu||Labeo victorianus||Aventino Kasangaki||Busitema University, Faculty of Science and Education||Uganda, Africa||$12,000|
|Fish||DD||Pacific Sleeper Shark||Somniosus pacificus||Garrett Dunne||Northeastern University||United States, North America||$7,500|
|Amphibian||CR||Bale Short-headed Frog||Balebreviceps hillmani||Aemro Mekonnen||Addis Ababa University||Ethiopia, Africa||$4,990|
|Amphibian||NE||Bornean Tunnel Frog||Limnonectes cintalubang||Yong Min Pui||Sarawak Energy Berhad||Malaysia, Asia||$4,480|
|Reptile||CR||Barbados leaf-toed gecko||Phyllodactylus pulcher||Dennis Blades||University of the West Indies||Barbados, North America||$5,000|
|Reptile||CR||Chapman's Pygmy Chameleon||Rhampholeon chapmanorum||Matthias De Beenhouwer||BINCO npo||Malawi, Africa||$4,900|
|Bird||CR||Jerdon’s Courser||Rhinoptilus bitorquatus||Prashanth Muthya Badarinath||N/A||India, Asia||$4,970|
|Bird||CR||Fatu Hiva Monarch||Pomarea whitneyi||Thomas GHESTEMME||Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie Manu (SOP Manu)||French Polynesia, Oceania||$24,078|
|Bird||EN||Bermuda petrel||Pterodroma cahow||Letizia Campioni||MARE-ISPA||Bermuda, North America||$22,900|
|Reptile||CR||Silver Boa||Chilabothrus argentum||Robert Reynolds||University of North Carolina Asheville & Harvard University||Bahamas, North America||$13,300|
|Reptile||EW||Black Softshell Turtle||Nilssonia nigricans||ANUJA MITAL||N/A||India, Asia||$7,000|
|Reptile||EN||Mary River turtle||Elusor macrurus||Marilyn Connell||Tiaro & District Landcare Group Inc||Australia, Oceania||$7,000|
|Reptile||CR||Central American River Turtle||Dermatemys mawii||Nicole Auil Gomez||Wildlife Conservation Society||Belize, North America||$10,000|
|Reptile||EN||Manouria emys||Manouria emys||Arbi Wiguna||Wildlife Observer Community||Indonesia, Asia||$4,000|
|Bird||CR||African white-backed vulture||Gyps africanus||Corinne Kendall||North Carolina Zoo||Tanzania, Africa||$12,500|
|Bird||EN||Black-capped Petrel||Pterodroma hasitata||Holly Robertson||American Bird Conservancy||United States, North America||$25,000|
|Mammal||CR||Chinese pangolin||Manis pentadacyla||Prativa Kaspal||Women for conservation||Nepal, Asia||$3,000|
|Mammal||CR||Chinese Pangolin||Manis pentadactyla||Tshering Nidup||Department of Forests and Park Services, Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary.||Bhutan, Asia||$4,500|
|Mammal||VU||Caracal||Caracal aurata||Badru Mugerwa||Embaka- Conserving African golden cats||Uganda, Africa||$10,000|
|Mammal||VU||Guigna||Leopardus guigna||Constanza Napolitano||Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, Faculty of Sciences, University of Chile||Chile, South America||$24,950|
|Mammal||VU||Fishing Cat||Prionailurus viverrinus||Daniel Willcox||Save Vietnam's Wildlife||Vietnam, Asia||$5,000|
|Mammal||VU||Fishing Cat||Prionailurus viverrinus||Ai SUZUKI||Tokyo Metropolitan University||Myanmar (Burma), Asia||$7,500|
|Mammal||EN||Bay Cat||Catopuma badia||Roshan Guharajan||Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research||Malaysia, Asia||$7,500|
|Mammal||EN||Chamba Sacred Langur||Semnopithecus ajax||Vidya Mary George||Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society (WILD)||India, Asia||$5,000|
|Mammal||CR||Equatorial White-fronted Capuchin Monkey||Cebus aequatorialis||Fanny Cornejo||Yunkawasi||Peru, South America||$12,000|
|Mammal||EN||Temminck's Red Colobus||Piliocolobus temminckii||Tânia Minhós||CRIA - Centre for Reserach in Anthropology||Sierra Leone, Africa||$12,000|
|Mammal||EN||Drill||Mandrillus leucophaeus||Inaoyom Imong||Wildlife Conservation Society||Nigeria, Africa||$12,500|
|Mammal||CR||Javan Slow Loris||Nycticebus javanicus||Michela Balestri||Little Fireface Project||Indonesia, Asia||$10,000|
|Mammal||EX||Desert rat-kangaroo||Caloprymnus campestris||Karl Vernes||University of New England||Australia, Oceania||$8,000|
|Mammal||EN||Malagasy Giant Jumping Rat||Hypogeomys antimena||Anselme Toto Volahy||Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust||Madagascar, Africa||$12,500|
|Mammal||CR||Tamaraw||Bubalus mindorensis||Emmanuel Schütz||D'ABOVILLE Foundation||Philippines, Asia||$12,000|
|Mammal||VU||Elephant||Loxodonta africana||Luc Mathot||Conservation Justice||Burkina Faso, Africa||$14,000|
|Fungi||NE||Tea-tree Fingers||Hypocreopsis amplectens||Peter Buchanan||Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research||New Zealand, Oceania||$15,500|
|Fungi||NE||Yellow afrobolete||Afroboletus luteolus||Hyppolite AIGNON||Laboratory of Ecology, Botany and plant Biology||Benin, Africa||$6,000|
|Plant||CR||Chardon du Fouta||Vernonia djalonensis||Sekou Magassouba||Herbier National de Guinee||Guinea, Africa||$10,000|
|Plant||CR||Dracaena umbraculifera||Dracaena umbraculifera||Chris Birkinshaw||Missouri Botanical Garden||Madagascar, Africa||$5,000|
|Plant||CR||Orleans Autumn Aster||Marasmodes undulata||Ismail Ebrahim||SANBI - CREW Programme||South Africa, Africa||$9,500|
|Plant||NE||Bryophytes||Bryophytina||Jacques van Rooy||South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)||Spain, Europe||$10,000|
|Plant||CR||Pinanga sibuyanensis||Pinanga sibuyanensis||Jiro Adorador||N/A||Philippines, Asia||$3,750|
|Plant||EN||Mouterde's ragwort||Jacobaea mouterdei||Carla Khater||National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) Lebanon||Lebanon, Asia||$4,500|
|Plant||EN||Gabal Elba Dragon Tree||Dracaena ombet||Tesfay Gidey Bezabeh||Adigrat university, Ethiopia||Ethiopia, Africa||$4,980|
|Plant||NE||Lemmers Tulip||Tulipa lemmersii||Svetlana Baskakova||Wild Nature NGO, Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan, Asia||$5,000|
|Plant||EN||Anisoptera costata||Anisoptera costata||Vu Dinh Duy||Vietnam National Museum of Nature (VNMN), Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)||Vietnam, Asia||$5,000|
|Invertebrate||NE||Scaly-foot Snail||Chrysomallon squamiferum||Julia Sigwart||Queen's University Belfast||Mauritius, Africa||$8,000|
|Invertebrate||EN||Mediterranean Pillow Coral||Cladocora caespitosa||David León Muez||Hombre y Territorio||Spain, Europe||$6,500|
|Invertebrate||NE||conifer bark beetle||Boros schneideri||Viktor Shparyk||Department of Natural Sciences, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University||Ukraine, Europe||$3,000|
|Invertebrate||NE||grasshoppers||Orthoptera||Waheed Ali Panhwar||Department of Zoology,Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Mirs Sindh Pakistan||Pakistan, Asia||$2,500|
|Invertebrate||NE||Cameroon Giant Fire Millipede||Pelmatojulus excisus||Paul Serge MBENOUN MASSE||UNIVERSITY OF YAOUNDE 1||Cameroon, Africa||$5,000|
|Invertebrate||CR||Floreana Coral||Tubastraea Floreana||Jonas Letschert||Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)||Ecuador, South America||$4,000|
|Invertebrate||NE||Leafhopper||Duocrassana longula||J. Adilson Pinedo Escatel||University of Guadalajara||Mexico, North America||$3,500|
|Invertebrate||NE||Green swamp forest grasshopper||Gemeneta opilionoides||Charly OUMAROU NGOUTE||Department of animal Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Yaounde 1||Cameroon, Africa||$4,787|
|Invertebrate||EN||Madeiran Speckled Wood||Pararge xiphia||Elliot Bland||Manchester Metropolitan University||Portugal, Europe||$1,000|
|Fish||CR||Periyar Latia||Crossocheilus periyarensis||Rajeev Raghavan||Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies||India, Asia||$4,970|
|Fish||EN||Butterfish||Irvineia voltae||Phyllis Akua Amamoo||University of Ghana- Legon||Ghana, Africa||$9,440|
|Fish||CR||Tequila Splitfin||Zoogoneticus tequila||Omar Domínguez-Domínguez||Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo||Mexico, North America||$12,500|
|Fish||CR||Berovides´ Rivulus||Rivulus berovidesi||Sheila Rodríguez Machado||N/A||Cuba, North America||$3,700|
|Fish||DD||Short-snouted seahorse||Hippocampus hippocampus||Miguel Correia||Associação Natureza Portugal in Association with WWF||Portugal, Europe||$13,060|
|Amphibian||CR||Western spiny frog||Eleutherodactylus symingtoni||L. Yusnaviel García-Padrón||Natural History Museum of Pinar del Río, Cuba||Cuba, North America||$1,915|
|Amphibian||CR||Archey's Frog||Leiopelma archeyi||Emily Hotham||N/A||New Zealand, Oceania||$1,000|
|Amphibian||CR||Lake Patzcuaro Salamander||Ambystoma dumerilii||Luis Humberto Escalera Vázquez||CONACyT-Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo||Mexico, North America||$12,000|
|Amphibian||CR||Gorgan’s cave newt||Iranodon gorganensis||Saeed Hosseinian Yousefkhani||Young Researchers and Elite club, Islamic Azad University, Shirvan branch, Shirvan, Iran||Iran, Asia||$6,800|
|Amphibian||CR||Kurdistan Newt||Neurergus microspilotus||Hiva Faizi||N/A||Iran, Asia||$1,900|
|Amphibian||CR||Western Nimba toad||Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis||Adam Jakab||N/A||Guinea, Africa||$3,600|
|Amphibian||EN||Carvalho's Tree Toad||Dendrophryniscus carvalhoi||Rodrigo Ferreira||Universidade Vila Velha||Brazil, South America||$3,900|
|Amphibian||CR||White-bellied Frog||Geocrinia alba||Emily Hoffmann||The University of Western Australia||Australia, Oceania||$3,000|
|Amphibian||DD||Bahia Lime Treefrog||Sphaenorhynchus bromelicola||Gabriel Novaes-e-Fagundes||N/A||Brazil, South America||$2,500|
|Reptile||CR||Lesser Antillean Iguana||Iguana delicatissima||Jeanelle Brisbane||WildDominique||Dominica, North America||$7,000|
|Reptile||CR||Galapagos pink land iguana||Conolophus marthae||Gabriele Gentile||University of Rome "Tor Vergata"||Ecuador, South America||$7,000|
|Reptile||CR||Cooper-lizard||Pristidactylus casuhatiensis||Pablo Grilli||Fundación Hábitat y Desarrollo||Argentina, South America||$5,000|
|Reptile||CR||Guatemalan beaded lizard||Heloderma charlesbogerti||Brad Lock||The International Reptile Conservation Foundation||Guatemala, North America||$3,800|
|Reptile||EN||Indian narrow headed softshell turtle||Chitra indica||Ashutosh Tripathi||Consultant for Gharial Ecology Project of Madras Crocodile Bank Trust||India, Asia||$4,750|
|Reptile||CR||Nubian flapshell turtle||Cyclanorbis elegans||Luca M. Luiselli||IDECC Institute for Development Ecology Conservation & Cooperation||South Sudan, Africa||$10,500|
|Reptile||CR||Central American River Turtle||Dermatemys mawii||Rick Hudson||Turtle Survival Alliance||Belize, North America||$12,500|
|Bird||CR||Masaduera Rayadito||Aphrastura masafuerae||Julia Dunn||Oikonos - Ecosystem Knowledge||Chile, South America||$5,650|
|Bird||CR||Townsend’s Shearwater||Puffinus auricularis auricularis||Federico Mendez Sanchez||Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas, A.C.||Mexico, North America||$11,000|
|Bird||CR||Madagascar pochard||Aythya innotata||Peter Cranswick||The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust||Madagascar, Africa||$12,500|
|Bird||NE||Steppe Whimbrel||Numenius phaeopus alboaxillaris||Peter Ryan||FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology||Mozambique, Africa||$11,200|
|Bird||CR||Sociable Lapwing||Vanellus gregarius||Rob Sheldon||RDS Conservation||Sudan, Africa||$4,500|
|Bird||CR||Maui Parrotbill||Pseudonestor xanthophrys||Holly Robertson||American Bird Conservancy||United States, North America||$7,500|
|Bird||CR||Grenada Dove||Leptotila wellsi||Ana Boudreau||American Bird Conservancy||Grenada, North America||$12,500|
|Mammal||EN||Santa Marta White-fronted Capuchin||Cebus malitiosus||Diana Carolina Guzmán Caro||Asociación Primatológica Colombiana||Colombia, South America||$12,000|
|Mammal||CR||Preuss's red colobus||Piliocolobus preussi`||Alexandra Hofner||N/A||Cameroon, Africa||$7,500|
|Mammal||EN||Ashy Red Colobus||Piliocolobus tephrosceles||Amani Kitegile||Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)||Tanzania, Africa||$9,000|
|Mammal||EN||Bioko Red Colobus||Procolobus pennantii||Sophia Raithel||Columbia University||Equatorial Guinea, Africa||$5,000|
|Mammal||EN||Mountain tapir||Tapirus pinchaque||Renzo Piana||Spectacled Bear Conservation-Peru||Peru, South America||$4,500|
|Mammal||EN||Cuban solenodon||Solenodon cubanus||Norvis Hernandez Hernández||National Park Alejandro Humboldt||Cuba, North America||$5,000|
|Mammal||NT||White rhino||Ceratotherium simum||Geoffrey Chege||Lewa Wildlife Conservancy||Kenya, Africa||$10,000|
|Mammal||CR||dinagat bushy tailed cloud rat||Crateromys australis||Milada Rehakova||Tarsius, z. s.||Philippines, Asia||$12,500|
|Mammal||CR||Jamaican greater funnel-eared bat||Natalus jamaicensis||Michelle Vryn||Bat Conservation International||Jamaica, North America||$8,000|
|Mammal||CR||Chinese pangolin||Manis pentadactyla||Nabajit Das||Primate Research Centre NE India||India, Asia||$6,500|
|Mammal||EN||Indian pangolin||Manis crassicaudata||Vikram Aditya||Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment||India, Asia||$10,000|
|Mammal||VU||Giant ground pangolin||Smutsia gigantea||Ghislain DIFOUO FOPA||University of Yaoundé I- Laboratory of Zoology||Cameroon, Africa||$4,500|
|Mammal||EW||Northern White Rhinoceros||Ceratotherium simum cottoni||Philip Winter||N/A||South Sudan, Africa||$10,000|
|Mammal||VU||Fishing Cat||Prionailurus viverrinus||Sagar Dahal||Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation||Nepal, Asia||$8,912|
|Fish||EN||Rush Darter||Etheostoma phytophilum||Jeffrey Drummond||Freshwater Land Trust||United States, North America||$25,000|
|Mammal||CR||Preuss's red colobus||Piliocolobus preussi||Ekwoge Abwe||Ebo Forest Research Project||Cameroon, Africa||$25,000|
|Mammal||VU||Northern Tiger Cat||Leopardus tigrinus||Tadeu de Oliveira||Instituto Pro-Carnivoros||Brazil, South America||$8,534|
|Mammal||EN||Bornean Bay Cat||Catopuma badia||Gabriella Fredriksson||Pro Natura Foundation||Indonesia, Asia||$14,830|
|Mammal||NT||Pallas's cat||Otocolobus manul||Buyandelger Suuri||Steppe Wildlife Conservation and Research Ceneter||Mongolia, Asia||$6,750|
|Mammal||EN||Persian leopard||Panthera pardus ciscaucasica||Magomedrasul Magomedov||N/A||Russia, Asia||$7,274|
|Plant||EN||Mathez's Water-starwort||Callitriche mathezii||Richard Lansdown||IUCN SSC Freshwater Plant Specialist Group||Morocco, Africa||$12,500|
|Plant||EX||Hau kuahiwi||Hibiscadelphus woodii||Ben Nyberg||National Tropical Botanical Garden||United States, North America||$6,000|
|Fungi||NE||Veldie's lepidella||Amanita veldiei||Marieka Gryzenhout||University of the Free State||South Africa, Africa||$10,000|
|Fungi||NE||Macrofungi of India||Macrofungi||Nirmal Harsh||Retired from Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, Dehradun, India||India, Asia||$13,000|
|Fungi||NT||meadow mushroom / pink bottom / field mushroom||Agaricus campestris||Ahmed Abdel-Azeem||Arab Society for Fungal Conservation||Egypt, Africa||$13,000|
|Plant||NE||Elim Conebush||Leucadendron elimense||Karin Blumer||Grootbos Green Futures Foundation||South Africa, Africa||$16,000|
|Plant||CR||Hopea bancana||Hopea bancana||Iyan Robiansyah||Bogor Botanic Gardens, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)||Indonesia, Asia||$5,000|
|Plant||NE||Nereia||Nereia lophocladia||Brendan Kelaher||Southern Cross University||Australia, Oceania||$4,800|
|Invertebrate||EN||Kaiser I Hind||Teinopalpus imperialis||Bhaiya Khanal||Nepal Bio heritage Forum||Nepal, Asia||$3,700|
|Invertebrate||NE||Ocyale ghost||Lycosidae sp nov||Brogan Pett||N/A||Madagascar, Africa||$2,000|
|Invertebrate||EW||Mauru tree snail||Partula varia||Ravahere Taputuarai||Partulid Global Species Management Programme||French Polynesia, Oceania||$24,000|
|Invertebrate||DD||Cangrejito barranqueño||Pseudothelphusa dugesi||Diego viveros||Morelos State University, Mexico||Mexico, North America||$12,000|
|Invertebrate||NE||Window Pan Oyster||Placuna placenta||Sumedha Chinnari||Aquamarina Research Foundation||India, Asia||$4,000|
|Invertebrate||NE||Diana Blue||Polyommatus (Neolysandra) diana||Karen Aghababyan||TSE - Towards Sustainable Ecosystems NGO||Armenia, Asia||$2,500|
|Invertebrate||EN||Violet Copper||Lycaena helle||Nina Balashenko||State Scientific and Production Amaligmation «The scientific and practical center for bioreserses»||Belarus, Europe||$5,000|
|Invertebrate||NE||Spindle cone||Conasprella aculeiformis||Raveendran Ravinesh||University of Kerala, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries||India, Asia||$10,000|
|Amphibian||EN||Inyanga river frog||Amietia inyangae||Robert Hopkins||self employed||Zimbabwe, Africa||$2,000|
|Amphibian||CR||Beautiful Forest Toad||Churamiti maridadi||Hans Christoph Liedtke||Biological Station Doñana, Spain||Tanzania, Africa||$2,500|
|Amphibian||EX||Atelopus podocarpus||Atelopus podocarpus||Andrés Merino-Viteri||La Balsa de los Sapos, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador||Ecuador, South America||$8,050|
|Amphibian||EN||Harlequin toad||Atelopus mittermeieri||Yeny R. López-P.||National Natural Parks of Colombia||Colombia, South America||$5,650|
|Amphibian||EN||Calilegua Marsupial Frog||Gastrotheca christiani||Martín Boullhesen||INECOA||Argentina, South America||$2,500|
|Amphibian||CR||Whistling Shrub Frog||Pseudophilautus nemus||Charith Senanayake||Rainforest Rescue International||Sri Lanka, Asia||$7,500|
|Amphibian||EN||Oriente bromeliad frog||Eleutherodactylus ionthus||Ansel Fong||N/A||Cuba, North America||$2,500|
|Amphibian||EN||Axolotl||Ambystoma altamirani||Armando Tovar||Humedalia||Mexico, North America||$3,500|
|Amphibian||EN||Giant Southern Salamander||Isthmura maxima||Rafael Alejandro Calzada Arciniega||Instituto de Biología UNAM||Mexico, North America||$2,500|
|Fish||CR||Damba mipentina||Paretroplus maculatus||Thomas Juhasz||University of Veterinary Medicine||Madagascar, Africa||$4,300|
|Fish||DD||Andamia heteroptera||Andamia heteroptera||Gatot Nugroho Susanto||N/A||Indonesia, Asia||$4,800|
|Fish||CR||Russian sturgeon||Acipenser Gueldenstaedtii||Tudor Ionescu||Aquatic Biodiversity Centre||Romania, Europe||$17,000|
|Fish||EN||Humphead wrasse||Cheilinus undulatus||Jelvas Mwaura||Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute||Kenya, Africa||$10,500|
|Fish||EN||Wilpita rasbora||Rasbora wilpita||Hiranya SUDASINGHE||N/A||Sri Lanka, Asia||$4,000|
|Reptile||CR||Pink Iguana||Conolophus marthae||Luis Ortiz-Catedral||Massey University||Ecuador, South America||$24,500|
|Reptile||CR||West African slender-snouted crocodile||Mecistops cataphractus||Emmanuel Amoah||Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology||Ghana, Africa||$13,200|
|Reptile||CR||Jamaican Rock Iguana||Cyclura collei||Joey Markx||N/A||Jamaica, North America||$6,000|
|Reptile||CR||Pronk's day gecko||Phelsuma pronki||Rodlis Raphali ANDRIANTSIMANARILAFY||MADAGASIKARA VOAKAJY||Madagascar, Africa||$4,500|
|Reptile||CR||Coahuila Box Turtle||Terrapene coahuila||Craig Stanford||Turtle Conservancy||Mexico, North America||$11,900|
|Reptile||CR||Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle||Rafetus swinhoei||Timothy McCormack||Indo Myanmar Conservation (IMC) - Asian Turtle Program (ATP)||Vietnam, Asia||$11,400|
|Reptile||CR||Yangtze giant softshell turtle||Rafetus swinhoei||Tracie Seimon||Wildlife Conservation Society||Vietnam, Asia||$5,000|
|Bird||CR||Alagoas Antwren||Myrmotherula snowi||Bárbara Silva||SAVE Brasil||Brazil, South America||$5,000|
|Bird||CR||Blue-eyed Ground-dove||Columbina cyanopis||Albert Aguiar||SAVE Brasil||Brazil, South America||$6,000|
|Bird||CR||Taita Apalis||Apalis fuscigularis||Lawrence Wagura||Natural Africa Concern||Kenya, Africa||$5,000|
|Bird||CR||Sulu Bleedingheart Pigeon||Gallicolumba menagei||Ivan Sarenas||to be formed||Philippines, Asia||$5,000|
|Bird||EN||White-headed duck||Oxyura leucocephala||İbrahim Kaan Özgencil||N/A||Turkey, Asia||$10,000|
|Bird||CR||Blue-throated Macaw||Ara glaucogularis||Tjalle Boorsma||Asociacion Civil Armonia||Bolivia, South America||$5,000|
|Bird||EN||Black-and-chestnut Eagle||Spizaetus isidori||Tomás Rivas Fuenzalida||Fundación Ñankulafkén||Peru, South America||$5,000|
|Bird||EN||Sharpe's Longclaw||Macronyx sharpei||SAMUEL BAKARI||Friends of Kinagop Plateau||Kenya, Africa||$11,500|
|Bird||EN||White-throated Storm-petrel||Nesofregetta fuliginosa||Nick Holmes||Island Conservation||French Polynesia, Oceania||$12,500|
|Mammal||EN||Kazbeg birch mouse||Sicista kazbegica||Mikhail Rusin||Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology||Russia, Asia||$2,000|
|Mammal||VU||Güiña||Leopardus guigna||Francisca Romero||Guigna Conservation Project||Chile, South America||$13,000|
|Mammal||VU||Fishing cat||Prionailurus viverrinus||Vanessa Herranz Muñoz||Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (CBC)||Cambodia, Asia||$10,200|
|Mammal||VU||Fishing Cat||Prionailurus viverrinus||Anya Ratnayaka||Small Cat Advocacy and Research||Sri Lanka, Asia||$5,967|
|Mammal||VU||Beira||Dorcatragus Megalotis||Abdi Jama||Nature Somaliland/NGO.||Somaliland, Africa||$10,000|
|Mammal||VU||Martinos Snow Vole||Dinaromys bogdanovi||Admir Aladžuz||Individual researcher||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe||$4,993|
|Mammal||EN||giant otter||Pteronura brasiliensis||David Fleck||Acate Amazon Conservación||Peru, South America||$4,920|
|Mammal||CR||Yanbaru whiskered bat||Myotis yanbarensis||Jason Preble||Kyoto University||Japan, Asia||$5,000|
|Mammal||EN||Asian elephant||Elephas maximus||Samya Basu||Registration under process (presently working as Wildlife Conservation Biologist)||India, Asia||$5,000|
|Mammal||CR||Hill’s horseshoe bat||Rhinolophus hilli||Michelle Vryn||Bat Conservation International||Rwanda, Africa||$11,000|
|Mammal||EN||Indian Ground Pangolin||Manis crassicaudata||Jayant Sarnaik||Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), India.||India, Asia||$5,000|
|Mammal||VU||giant pangolin.||Smutsia gigantea||Brou Guy-Mathieu ASSOVI||Felix HOUPHOUËT-Boigny University||Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Africa||$6,000|
|Mammal||VU||Giant pangolin||Smutsia gigantea||Markéta Swiacká||Czech University of Life Sciences Prague||Congo, Republic of (Congo-Brazzaville), Africa||$2,700|
|Mammal||CR||Colombian Black Spider Monkey||Ateles fusciceps ssp. rufiventris||Cristal Ange||Fundación Herencia Ambiental Caribe -Fundaherencia-||Colombia, South America||$10,500|
|Mammal||EN||Upper Guinea Red Colobus||Piliocolobus badius||Barney Long||Global Wildlife Conservation||Kenya, Africa||$12,500|
|Mammal||EN||Sclater's monkey||Cercopithecus sclateri||Lynne Baker||N/A||Nigeria, Africa||$7,000|
|Mammal||CR||western lowland gorilla||Gorilla gorilla gorilla||Nicholas Bachand||Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project / Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz||Gabon, Africa||$12,000|
|Mammal||CR||Grauer's gorilla||Gorilla beringei graueri||Valerie Haulk||Columbus Zoo and Aquarium||Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa), Africa||$7,000|
|Mammal||EN||Andean cat||Leopardus jacobita||Rodrigo Villalobos||Andean Cat Alliance-University of Minnesota||Chile, South America||$9,500|
The Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project represents the first coordinated global effort ever undertaken to conserve dugongs and their seagrass habitats.
The Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project
The Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project represents the first coordinated global effort ever undertaken to conserve dugongs and their seagrass habitats. Having supported 43 individual conservation initiatives in key countries across the globe that host populations of these charismatic marine mammals, the mission of the Project has been to prevent the loss of dugongs and their seagrass habitats throughout the Indian and Pacific Ocean basins.
Now in its final review stage following its successful completion in March 2019, the Project was established in 2015 through a partnership between the Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, the United Nations Environment Program, the Global Environment Facility and the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals).
Administered from Abu Dhabi, its sub-projects were based in key dugong hotspots around the world: Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.View website
The MBZ Fund manages a portfolio of Abu Dhabi's philanthropic interests related to species conservation that extends across the world and different species.
Supporting Panthera and global wild cat conservation
Through its international partnerships, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund seeks to support major efforts to ensure the wellbeing of species under threat across the globe. One such example is the Fund’s strong and ongoing support for Panthera – the only organisation that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems.
Powered by the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements conservation strategies for large cats – including Cheetahs, Jaguars, Leopards, Lions, Pumas, Snow leopards and Tigers – as well as for the world’s most threatened small cat species. Panthera’s activities include the following major programmes.
Mapping the future of the Jaguar in the Americas
This bold, regionally-focused initiative will pave the way for further international cooperation and awareness regarding Jaguar protection initiatives.
Ending poaching in Africa
In southern Africa, Panthera has made great progress in reducing intensive poaching of Cheetahs, Leopards, Lions and their prey in Kafue National Park, Zambia, and Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. Panthera also supports anti-poaching efforts in Gabon’s Batéké Plateau National Park.
Tigers on the rebound in South Asia
Thanks to intensive protection and innovative community programs initiated at Panthera’s ‘Tigers Forever’ sites in India and Nepal, survey results released in 2018 showed that Tigers are bouncing back, providing hope for their recovery in other areas.
Saving Snow Leopards with Tourism in India
In Ladakh, northern India, Panthera works with the Snow Leopard Conservancy–India Trust to improve local livelihoods and transform the image of Snow leopards from livestock killers to valuable assets.
Wild Atwater Chicken
Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Reintroduction Programme
Once a common sight across the southern prairies of the United States, the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) has been living on the edge of extinction for decades.
At its lowest point, the population of these grassland grouse – which once ranged across six million acres of prairie along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Louisiana – fell to less than 500 individuals and the species has been restricted for years to a small area of southern Texas. Today they are still considered one of the most endangered birds in North America.
Dressed in the drab camouflage you might expect from a ground-hunting species, they are best known for their stunning breeding displays, during which the male birds inflate their bright yellow neck pouches and proceed to vocalise – or ‘boom’ – to attract females.
Financial contributions, channeled through the MBZ Fund, have supported the reintroduction of this bird into the grasslands of the United States.View website
The MBZ Fund is governed according to standards set by the government of Abu Dhabi. Accordingly, the Fund is audited by an independent firm to ensure compliance with these standards. The audited financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2018 are available for review here.View our 2018 Audited Financial Statement
The endowment of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund was created in April 2009, with an initial allocation of $27.5m. Since then, it has been managed in such a way as to provide for the financial needs of the small grants programme in perpetuity.
The long-term objective of the endowment, as described in its Investment Policy Statement, is:
- to make annual distributions for the benefit of species conservation, in accordance with the MBZ Fund’s spending rule;
- to preserve the capital in US dollars over a 10-year time horizon; and, to the extent that these two objectives are met,
- to grow the capital by having financial returns in excess of the distributions made.
Having celebrated its first decade at the end of April 2019, the endowment’s capital has risen from $27.5m to $29.6m, while $14.3m had been distributed in grants over the same period, achieving all three of the endowment’s goals.
The Fund’s Investment Policy targets a long-term rate of return on assets of 5% net, measured in USD and using a total return approach (income as well as capital gains). Over this first decade, the annualised net performance of the endowment has been +4.6%, approximately in line with the target.
In July 2015, the Fund appointed Perennium as its independent financial advisor. Perennium assists with establishing and reviewing investment policy, objectives and guidelines; defining strategic asset allocations; selecting investment options and managers; reviewing such options and managers over time; measuring and evaluating investment performance; and producing consolidated financial reports.
Markets and performance in 2018
For financial markets, 2018 was one of the most turbulent years in recent memory. In the US, the S&P500 registered a fall of 4.4%, while the MSCI Europe ended the year at -10%, marking the worst year for both indices since 2008.
Portfolio management was made particularly difficult by the fact that the vast majority of financial assets fell simultaneously.
In this context, the MBZ Fund portfolio delivered a net performance of -2.54%, demonstrating its resilience. The equities bucket was responsible for 85% of this drop, with high yield and hedge funds also in the red. On the other hand, fixed income (investment grade), private equity and microfinance were positive contributors.
The endowment fund's capital has risen from $27.5m to $29.6m while also managing to distribute nearly $20m
The future: 2019 and beyond
With the global economy in its tenth year of expansion, a recession may be imminent, and a slowdown in growth – led by the US and China – with periodic “growth scares” is the most likely outcome. Europe remains fragile, both economically and politically, and volatility in financial markets is likely to accelerate.
We are not, however, changing our asset allocation on the basis of market forecasts, and the investment philosophy of the Fund remains rooted in its three core tenets:
- The understanding that investing is about dealing with uncertainty. Trying to predict short-term market movements is a futile exercise. On the contrary, one must prepare for all eventualities.
- The focus on portfolio resilience, using components having the right level of true diversification (i.e., different behaviours). Portfolio construction is the key element of the investing value chain.
- The choice of a (very) long-term view. A long investment horizon also allows the use of a wider range of financial assets and a better connection with the real economy.
Distribution of funds
Distribution of proceeds from endowment
In 2018 the Fund supported 188 projects selected from 1,555 grant applications. The selected projects, located in 80 countries across seven continents, shared $1,517,355 in funding. These projects covered 179 different species, 95 of which had not previously been supported by the Fund.
Distribution of funds by species type
Distribution of funds by continent
Distribution of Funds by IUCN Red List
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund remains dedicated to fulfilling the vision of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to support species conservation efforts in all their forms across the globe. Inspired by this vision, and the dedication of the many conservationists, researchers and scientists working in the field to assess and protect our most vulnerable flora and fauna, the Fund is committed to preserving the extraordinary biodiversity of Earth for generations to come.
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species
P.O. Box 131112
United Arab Emirates