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Call for Applications: 2015 Conservation Team Awards

Call for Applications: 2015 Conservation Team Awards
Deadline: 23rd February 2015

Applications for the 2015 Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) Conservation Team Awards are now open! CLP aims to advance biodiversity conservation globally by building the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in high-priority places with limited capacity to address conservation issues. This partnership initiative, including BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been helping young conservationists across the world to achieve their goals for 30 years. The programme works toward its aims by offering awards, training and mentoring support. CLP offers three levels of Conservation Awards:

 Future Conservationist Awards: Approximately 18 awards of up to $12,500 each
 Conservation Follow-up Awards: Approximately 2 awards of up to $20,000 each (available only to previous CLP Future Conservationist Award winners)
 Conservation Leadership Awards: 1 award of $40,000 (available only to previous CLP Follow-up Award winners)

In 2015 CLP will only be accepting proposals for projects to be implemented in the following 22 countries: Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam.

The application deadline for full proposals is 23rd February 2015 for ALL applications. Those applying for Conservation Follow-up and Conservation Leadership Awards must submit a Logical Framework and the Final Report of their previous CLP project as part of their application materials. Awards will be announced in April 2015. Please visit the CLP website ( for detailed eligibility criteria, guidelines and application form.

Successful applicants will: 1.) Develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members; 2.) Implement a focused, high-priority conservation project combining research and action; and 3.) Contribute to the long-term success of local conservation efforts. Applicants can request feedback on their proposals from CLP Alumni Ambassadors in their region prior to submission. More information on Alumni Ambassadors can be found on the CLP website. Applicants may also contact a member of the CLP team well before and up to two weeks before the application deadline for advice on project eligibility, methods and project activities. CLP may be able to put teams in touch with local partner offices or other experts who can provide additional advice.

A representative from each award-winning team will be invited to attend an international training event in June/July 2015 organised by CLP to share ideas and develop skills, knowledge and contacts. Additionally, winning teams are able to network with experts from within each of the partner organisations and past winners. CLP management team members are available to advise during project implementation, including guidance required during the planning and team training stages.

Have additional questions or seeking advice? Email for more information. Please forward this announcement to other potentially interested individuals, organisations or academic institutions.

RSG Mexico Conference 2015

In February 2015 we are holding a conference for RSG recipients from Mexico. Please contact: Gustavo Cárdenas H. - for more information.

RSG Vietnam Conference 2015

In January 2015 we are holding a conference for RSG recipients from Vietnam and surrounding countries. Please contact for more information.


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:


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.

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