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Leela has been selected as one of the Top 10 2014 CNN Heroes

Leela has been selected as one of the Top 10 2014 CNN Heroes

Lion Guardians to develop the first ever lion facial recognition software!



Click below to vote today and once a day - everyday until November 16th. Read all about this exciting news in CNN's press release.

"When I was nominated as a CNN Hero, I never imagined I would make it to the Top 10. I am absolutely thrilled for the entire Lion Guardians team, and now we have our eye on the prize. Help us get there, vote today and every day until November 16th." - Dr Leela Hazzah, Top 10 2014 CNN Hero


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:

South America

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.

Call for Applications

Project Development, Proposal Writing and Fundraising Workshop Organized by: Conservation Leadership Programme and Fauna & Flora International Supported by: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund 27 - 31 October, 2014 Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Workshop Summary

The aim of this workshop is to: 1) increase capacity to obtain funding for conservation within Ethiopia,
South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda; and 2) to raise the quality of applications to the CLP, CEPF and other
small grants programmes and donors. During the intensive five-day workshop, participants will be
guided through the entire project development and proposal writing process and will acquire in-depth
information on a range of proposal-related topics.

Participants will first be introduced to the basics of project planning and design, and they will learn how to use a variety of project development tools: problem tree analysis, stakeholder analysis, use of SWOT matrix (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats), and logical frameworks. Participants will then go through the proposal writing process, learning how to describe their project in the most attractive way and how to ‘make their pitch’ to a selected donor. They will also learn how to find donors, how to develop and maintain relationships with them, and how to develop fundraising strategies and plans.

Participants will be given the opportunity to obtain substantive feedback on their proposals, and by the
conclusion of the workshop they will have prepared a nearly complete proposal for funding, which they
may then submit to the funding agency they have selected.

This workshop is co-led by Stuart Paterson and Chloe Hodgkinson who work on Conservation Capacity &
Leadership at Fauna & Flora International.

General Information: This is a 5 day workshop that will take place from 27 - 31 October, 2014 at the
Homland Hotel in Bahir Dar. In order to apply for this workshop please fill out this online application
form found here ( no later than Sunday 14th September,
2014. We will notify you of our decision soon after the deadline.

Cost of Workshop: The CLP will cover the cost of the workshop, accommodation and food once at the
training venue. Transportation costs will be reimbursed based on prior agreement and presentation of
all receipts.

Eligibility: This workshop is designed for early-career conservationists with limited fundraising
experience. We will accept applications from nationals of Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda with
priority places being given to applicants from Ethiopia and South Sudan. Applicants from other countries
are not eligible.

  • Applicants must currently work, or propose to work in CEPF Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA)- see

  • You must have 5 years or less of professional paid conservation experience to apply (exceptions
    can be made in the case of CLP alumni who intend to apply for a continuation award)

  • Applicants who have previously received fundraising training may not apply
  • You must have a proposal that you are working on and planning to submit to the CLP, CEPF small
    grants programme or another similar funding agency soon after the workshop. Part of this
    application is to submit that proposal concept (300-500 words)

  • If you plan to develop a proposal to submit to the CLP, you must meet all CLP eligibility criteria
  • If you are a CLP alumnus, your reporting must be up-to-date
  • This workshop will be taught in English and all materials will be in English. You must have a good
    working knowledge of English to apply

  • You must also be able to bring a laptop to the workshop

If selected, you must be able to attend all five days of the workshop

If you have questions about your eligibility, you may contact Stuart Paterson at

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of four conservation organizations –
BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, the Wildlife
Conservation Society. The mission of the CLP is to promote the development of future conservation
leaders and provide them with the capacity to address the most significant conservation issues of our

Founded in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a global leader in enabling civil society to
participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. CEPF's niche in
the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot will be to enable civil society to have a more prominent role into
driving development in a more biodiversity-friendly direction.

Whitley Fund for Nature – Call for applications for the Whitley Awards 2015

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering “Whitley Awards” to outstanding biodiversity conservation leaders around the world. Whitley Awards are both an international profile prize and a form of project funding (currently £35,000 over one year).

The application period for the Whitley Awards 2015 is now open – the deadline for applications is 31st October 2014.

Please visit to download an application form and find guidance on how to apply.

The Awards will be presented by WFN Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, at the annual Whitley Awards Ceremony in April/May 2015 and successful applicants will receive funding in June 2015.

Whitley Awards are open to biodiversity conservation leaders working in countries or regions of which they are nationals and that are not defined as a HIGH-INCOME ECONOMY by the World Bank (with exceptions). For full eligibility criteria, please visit

To contact WFN, please email

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