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RSG Conferences 2015

If you would like further information regarding the current booked conferences, please use the contacts below.

May 2015 Chile - Contact:

October 2015 Bhutan - Contact:

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The Global Trees Campaign (GTC)* is pleased to announce the publication of a series of practical guidance briefs for threatened tree conservation**.

The Global Trees Campaign (GTC)* is pleased to announce the publication of a series of practical guidance briefs for threatened tree conservation**.

The aim of these guidance briefs is to provide conservation practitioners or site managers who are not botanists or foresters with best practice guidance on the skills required to conserve threatened trees.

In all, nine different briefs are available covering some of the major skills required to survey, monitor and reinforce wild populations of threatened trees. A short summary of each brief is provided in the attached document and all of the briefs are available online at Spanish and Chinese translations will be available soon.

We very much hope you will share these briefs with your field teams, partners, and other collaborators, and that they will find them useful - and possibly inspire them to start targeted action for any threatened tree species that occur in their areas.

Feedback on the briefs would be very welcome, sent to Please also contact us if you have any questions about the guidance provided in this series or would like additional support with implementing actions for threatened trees in the wild.

RSG Conferences

Following on from the RSG conferences over the last two years we are looking for previous grant recipients to hold more of these in their own country.

We are particularly looking at holding conferences in the following countries:

  • Russia
  • China
  • India

    If you can arrange and host a two / three day forum for RSG recipients please contact

    Reports from past meetings are available to read on this site.

  • OMCAR Foundation is selected by Government of Tamil Nadu for State Environment Award

    This is to kindly inform you that OMCAR Foundation is selected by Government of Tamil Nadu for State Environment Award - First prize for Palk Bay Centre environmental education in the last three years in the field of marine conservation.

    This is the first time recognition from the local government.

    It is a highly competitive,as it is a open competition announced in local newspapers, and our state has many hundreds of environmental ngos and groups.

    The award will be given by State Environmental Minister on 5th June 2014.

    Let us to express our sincere gratitude for all your good support from Rufford Small Grants, for sponsoring our awareness and conservation events in the first project received from RSG.

    Read more about the projects by the Omcar Foundation that are supported by The Rufford Foundation


    With immediate effect the funding available for first and second Rufford Small Grants will be up to £5000 and for Booster Grants it will be up to £10,000. Any application currently in our system will be reviewed under the old structure.

    Approval by the Government of Chile of the Largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in continental Chile

    Finally!! The approval by the government of Chile of the largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in continental Chile is a boost to conservation efforts for blue whales and dolphins:

    Video about Tic Toc MPA

    New Conferences for 2014/2015

    There are new conferences for 2014/15!

    If you would like more information or would like to attend please email the following contacts:

    Myanmar - 8-10 April 2014 - Contact:

    Whale Sanctuary in Uruguay Approved: Rodrigo Garcia Pingaro, OCC

    The Uruguayan Parliament unanimously approved a protected whale sanctuary in Uruguay earlier this month.

    Carol Ann Bassett was in the Uruguayan Parliament chambers with eight University of Oregon Study Abroad Journalism students when the vote was cast, and they documented with video Rodrigo, the vote, and this major triumph. She noted that The Rufford Foundation had a hand in this colossal effort.

    Breaking news story:

    Season 2 of National Geographic's UNESCO World Heritage Series

    I am Lena Celeste Iryanti-Lewis, a development producer with Infocus Asia here in Singapore. We are currently producing Season 2 of National Geographic's UNESCO World Heritage Series:

    The aim of each episode is to visit a Unesco World Heritage site, and over 60m tell it's story. We are exploring the UNESCO sites in Vietnam and the main arc of the episode is to feature conservation efforts for 2013-2014 within the UNESCO sites in Vietname, such as the Phong Nha-ke Bang National Park, Ha Long Bay, among others.

    If you have a project or are thinking of having a project in this area, please contact me