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Read the news from the Rufford Small Grants Foundation and supported projects. You can see the latest updates from projects here.

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.

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

The Arctic

Is anyone working in the Arctic or know someone who is? If so please contact


Following the success of the Rufford conferences in Nepal, Armenia, Bolivia/Peru & Cuba we are looking to repeat this in other countries.

Do you think that YOU are able to gather a minimum of 20 RSG recipients together, plan a 2 day conference where each presents their work and then chair a debate / discussion on the presentation?

If so, please contact the grants director for further information