This grant supports projects addressing global raptor research and conservation priorities. The grant invests in projects led by citizens of developing countries with the aim of increasing diversity and inclusivity in conservation while building local capacity.
In 2019, HawkWatch International (HWI) led an effort to identify global raptor research and conservation priorities (Buechley et al. 2019). This research identified very stark discrepancies in raptor research efforts worldwide. Ten species (1.8% of all raptors) received nearly one‐third of all raptor research (32%) while over one‐fifth of all raptors (21%, 116 species) had zero research publications. Discouragingly, raptors at risk of extinction and those with declining populations are less studied globally. This effort identified tropical regions of Central and South America, Sub‐Saharan Africa and, particularly, Southeast Asia as the highest priority for investment because they host the highest number of total species, understudied species, and extinction‐prone species. Overall, these findings call for a shift in scientific and conservation resources towards developing countries. This grant aims to provide support and resources to these areas where it is needed most.
In particular, this grant aims to fund projects that are:
1) Located in high-priority countries for raptor research and conservation, broadly Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia, as well as many island countries (see Figure 1 below);
2) Focused on a single species of raptor that is recognized as a high priority species for research and conservation (according to RCPI*, see below);
3) Led by an applicant that is a citizen of the country and who is associated with a registered NGO and/or university in the country where the project will take place.
4) Preference will be given to projects working in low-income countries and to projects that focus on higher priority raptor species;
5) Projects that focus on filling knowledge gaps (i.e. research) or on applied conservation actions, or both, will be considered;
6) Applicants may apply for up to $2500 USD; more than one applicant may be funded.
7) In addition to monetary support, HawkWatch will support successful applicants by providing scientific guidance, networking opportunities, and publicizing project results, as possible and as desired by the awardee.
*Raptor Research and Conservation Priority Index (RCPI) was developed in Buechley et al (2019) to provide a single prioritization metric for all raptor species worldwide that accounts for the conservation status and amount of research on each species. RCPI ranges from 0 to 1, with 0 being lowest priority and 1 being highest priority. See referenced paper for details and grant website for spreadsheet of all raptor species and their RCPI score.
This grant is funded by HawkWatch International, with the generous support of our donors, particularly the Circle of Life Fund.
Buechley ER, Santangeli A, Girardello M, Neate-Clegg MH, Oleyar D, McClure, Christopher J. W. Şekercioğlu ÇH. 2019. Global raptor research and conservation priorities: tropical raptors fall prey to knowledge gaps. Diversity and Distributions:1–14. Available from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ddi.12901.
Edited by ebuechley