PROGRES’ mission – to save endangered, yet overlooked, species – aligns seamlessly with SHOAL’s goal of halting extinctions in the most threatened freshwater species, which are often overlooked in conservation, making the organisation an ideal partner. When asked why she decided to co-found PROGRES with Sheherazade, Asnim said, “In Indonesia, conservation has been focused on targeting big mammals and protected areas, and within Sulawesi itself, conservation has been focused in the northern part of the island targeting a few conservation areas. All these initiatives are led by foreign or international big NGOs. Other species outside conservation areas have been left out, and that’s where PROGRES would like to contribute. These species have not received conservation attention, despite their threatened status, so through PROGRES we initiate locally-led conservation to study and protect them.
“We also want to show that local, Sulawesi natives, and women like Sheherazade and myself are capable of leading a conservation NGO and to lead with compassion, combining science and a community-based approach to conservation. Because we are from Sulawesi, we understand the cultural and local context, so our actions are more suitable. We are also passionate about enhancing the capacity of more Sulawesi natives to be conservationists”.
It is wonderful for SHOAL to be working with such a dynamic, forward-thinking team as PROGRES, and look forward to what we will achieve together!