The Asian wildlife crisis
Our planet is in the midst of a worsening biodiversity crisis but the situation in Asia, and especially Southeast Asia, is particularly grave.
- Populations of even the most iconic species, such as Tigers, Asian Elephants, and Asian Rhinoceroses, are ‘blinking out’ one by one.
- Less charismatic species are undergoing drastic, precipitous declines and some have already been lost forever.
- Much wildlife habitat has also been lost or severely degraded and with it the opportunity to rehabilitate many key areas.
This cataclysmic scenario has been caused by a combination of factors including:
- inadequate investment of resources,
- weak governance and a lack of political will,
- ineffective law enforcement,
- inadequate resources,
- and low levels of technical capacity.