All fieldwork projects are one-year cycle, and projects are applied and selected every year. The activities designed in two modules include projects conduction and communication.
- Support site-related conservation projects led to mitigate key threats to natural areas and species populations/habitat.
- Build capacity of local environmental NGOs and young conservationists through projects implementation to strengthen the new force of wildlife conservation in China.
- Submit projects achievements and reports to local, regional and national government agencies to facilitate to form more efficient conservation strategies.
- Communicate projects achievements and knowledge gained with public to help to build a civil society with enabling environment to support effective wildlife conservation.
Up to now, totally 73 projects concerning 49 species had been sponsored in 22 provinces in China during past seven years. The projects that are supported have had remarkable success considering the modest investment involved. Support from the Fund led to the establishment and strengthening of more than 10 local environmental conservation NGOs. More than 10 conservation strategies proposed by the Fund have been adopted by government agencies, in which eight Nature Reserves were established or upgraded. In addition, three projects of the Fund won the award of the Fond Motor Conservation and Environmental Grants. And a wetland school, the first of its kind in China, was set up in Beijing by the Fund in September 2003.
The Fund has proven to be extremely popular, and more and more proposals are received every year. As a young Ph. D researcher says in his letter after a SGF workshop, "I can touch the faiths from WWF within only two days, and SGF is essential for China species conservations. … As for all conservationists nation wide, particularly for volunteers, SGF is the hope for them. …I hope that SGF could keep on its styles.” In 2007, the number of submitted proposals reached 140 in total and only 18 projects were sponsored according as our fund resource. We believe in the coming year, the number will be much higher. It’s obvious the Fund has been very successful to date, but its effectiveness is hampered by the size of past financial support. Therefore, the continuous and stronger supports are highly expected.
Further funding is needed to help save China's lesser-known species. For information on how to help support this project, contact Ms. Shi quanhua, WWF China Species Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.