Following a call from the Rufford Small Grants (RSG) conservation conference to be held in Namibia, The Rufford Foundation, together in partnership with co-organisers Bats without Borders, invited 137 Rufford Foundation grantees from across southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). The initial target focus was on researchers and/or conservationists working in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia due to their being a large conference held in South Africa in 2015, but the invitation was extended to grantees working across southern Africa.
The conference was held at a conference facility between Windhoek city and the airport. We were delighted to welcome The Rufford Foundation grantees, working on a variety of research and conservation projects across Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The conference attendees came together to share their work, including conservation challenges and highlights, and an important part of the conference was the opportunity to network with other share advice and knowledge and potentially foster new collaborations.
This conference would not have been possible without the generous funding provided by The Rufford Foundation, which has supported all our conservation and research efforts and provided additional funds to bring grantees together in this conference.