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, Ukraine, 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

Upcoming conferences

January 2017 Recife, Brazil - Contact Pedro Henrique Pereira: Pedrohcp2@yahoo.com.br

February 2017 Kilimanjaro, Tanzania - Contact Mshana John: Mshanajohn1@suanet.ac.tz

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

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

Conference Reports