Sunda Pangolin National Conservation Planning Workshop


From trafficking to traffic 
The Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), found in Southeast Asia, is classified as Critically Endangered by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. Across the eight species of pangolins, the primary threat globally is the thriving illegal trade for pangolin meat and scales. At least 200,000 Sunda pangolins have been traded in the last decade, as estimated by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group (SG).

In Singapore however, roadkill appears to be the major threat to the Sunda pangolin. As Singaporean pangolins adapt to urbanisation and development, they are frequently seen in human-populated areas, especially where there is natural vegetation in close vicinity. Crossing roads adjacent to forested areas and green spaces often lead to accidents with vehicles resulting in roadkill, especially along high-speed carriageways.
Scaling up pangolin conservation in Singapore 
From 1-2 July 2017, 50 local and international conservationists convened at the Singapore Zoo to consider the plight of the Sunda pangolin in Singapore and create a Singapore-wide plan of conservation action for the species. Sponsored by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF), the initiative was co-organised by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and National Parks Board (NParks), in collaboration with the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, the IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) and the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG). 
National Conservation Strategy and Action Plan 

Looking ahead for the next 50 years, the gathering led to a vision and an aspirational document that is the Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) National Conservation Strategy and Action Plan, to be coordinated and implemented by the Singapore Pangolin Working Group (SPWG).

Based on the timelines indicated in the action plan, immediate priorities identified are to gather and share information, reduce roadkill, protect habitats, and to strengthen rescue, rehabilitation, and release procedures.

With the launch of the National Conservation Strategy and Action Plan, it is hoped that the vision to protect the critically endangered Sunda pangolin will be realized, making Singapore a leading example and a model of biodiversity conservation in densely populated cities. This document is also available at the NParks, IUCN SSC Pangolin SG, IUCN SSC ASAP, and IUCN SSC CPSG websites.