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F24AS00146 - Asian Elephant Conservation Fund FY24




November 8, 2023



January 31, 2024





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Entity Types:

State governments, Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), Nonprofits (without 501(c)(3) status), Private institutions of higher education, Individuals

Applicants can be individuals; multi-national secretariats; foreign national and local government agencies; non-profit, non-governmental organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; U.S. territorial governments.




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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) mission is to work with others to conserve,
protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the
American people. The International Affairs Program delivers on this mission through its
financial assistance programs by supporting strategic projects that deliver measurable
conservation results for priority species and their habitats around the world.
The Asian Elephant Conservation Fund solicits project proposals for the conservation of the
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) throughout its range. Asian elephants have disappeared from
an estimated 95% of their historic range, with current wild distribution covering only 486,800
km2. Of the remaining 5% of their range, only 51% is considered wildland, with the rest
impacted by agriculture, linear infrastructure, fire, and other human activities. Only 16% of these
wildlands are protected and, therefore, most Asian elephants exist outside of protected areas in
fragmented, human-dominated landscapes. This interface leads to human-elephant conflict, a
major threat to both people and elephants. In addition to habitat loss and human-elephant
conflict, poaching and the illegal trade in elephants pose significant challenges to the species.
Climate change is expected to exacerbate current threats facing Asian elephants.
In 1997, with awareness of increasing threats to the welfare of the already endangered Asian
elephant, the Asian Elephant Conservation Act was signed into law (16 U.S.C. §4261). The Act
provides for the conservation of wild Asian elephants by supporting conservation programs in
countries within the range of Asian elephants, and the projects of persons with demonstrated
expertise in the conservation of wild Asian elephants. The goal of this program is to perpetuate
healthy populations of Asian elephants in their native range by supporting the conservation
programs of range states. The goal of the USFWS Asian Elephant Conservation Program is to perpetuate healthy
populations of Asian elephants in their native range by supporting the conservation programs of
range states.

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