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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.

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.


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:

Southern Africa
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.

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