Conferences

In 2012, we held our first Rufford Small Grants conference in Nepal. Due to the success of this the trustees felt that there was a need for more direct communication between the grant recipients. Very often researchers work in isolation and these conferences provide a forum to discuss ideas, problems, issues and create invaluable networking opportunities.

Generally they are 2 or 3 days long. Each recipient talks about their project and then takes questions from their fellow RSG recipients. The chair person leads a debate and it is hoped that solutions to key conservation issues are addressed. In some instances Government ministers attend so that a link between the 'field' and the 'decision makers' can be built. The chair person is generally the organiser of the conference for that particular country.

To make these worthwhile we need a minimum of 20 previous grants recipients, with at least one of these who is able to organise the event. This entails finding a venue, liaising with grantees, providing an agenda and a report, arranging accommodation and food and generally overseeing the smooth running.

In the future, we are looking to hold small, in country conferences with past recipients (particularly in Cambodia, Russia, Botswana, Philippines, Serbia, Costa Rica and Ecuador).

If you would like to organise one please contact: josh@rufford.org

In this section you can read the report from the previous conferences written by the organiser’s themselves.

Conference Reports

Grant Recipients Conference, Bali 2014

Date: December 2014
Venue:

The beautiful tropical island of Bali provided an inspiring location to hold this second Indonesia RSG conference, which was attended by 24 participants (18 Rufford grantees, 4 young Indonesian conservationists, 1 trainer and 1 conference organiser).

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Grant Recipients Conference, Myanmar 2014

Date: April, 2014
Venue: Natural History Museum, Yangon Zoo

Yangon Zoo and the Rufford Foundation held a two day mini-conference for a selection of Rufford Small Grant (RSG) for Nature award winners from Asia.

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Grant Recipients Conference, Bolivia/Peru 2013

Date: January 2013
Venue: Copacabana

With support from the Rufford Small Grants Foundation and coordination by Tarapari Biodiversity Garden, representatives from 21 projects in Peru and Bolivia sponsored by Rufford convened in the small city of Copacabana, Bolivia on Lake Titicaca to exchange their experiences in executing biodiversity conservation projects.

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Upcoming conferences

April 2017 Colombia - Contact Angela Maldonado: lllugens@gmail.com

April 2017 Ranthambore, India - Contact Rajat Nayak: rajat@feralindia.org

May 2017 Turkey - Contact Okan Urker: naturader@gmail.com

October 2017 Argentina - Contact Sofia Nanni: sofiananni@gmail.com

November 2017 Belize - Contact Louise at Blue Ventures: louisejasper@gmail.com

November 2017 Namibia - Contact Rachel Cooper-Bohannon: rachael@batswithoutborders.org

Conference Reports

Grant Recipients Conference, Bali 2014

Date: December 2014
Venue:

The beautiful tropical island of Bali provided an inspiring location to hold this second Indonesia RSG conference, which was attended by 24 participants (18 Rufford grantees, 4 young Indonesian conservationists, 1 trainer and 1 conference organiser).

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Myanmar 2014

Date: April, 2014
Venue: Natural History Museum, Yangon Zoo

Yangon Zoo and the Rufford Foundation held a two day mini-conference for a selection of Rufford Small Grant (RSG) for Nature award winners from Asia.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Bolivia/Peru 2013

Date: January 2013
Venue: Copacabana

With support from the Rufford Small Grants Foundation and coordination by Tarapari Biodiversity Garden, representatives from 21 projects in Peru and Bolivia sponsored by Rufford convened in the small city of Copacabana, Bolivia on Lake Titicaca to exchange their experiences in executing biodiversity conservation projects.

Read more >