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RRF conservation impact

RRF grants are designed to support urgent conservation interventions at the point where priority sites and acute, time specific threats to biodiversity meet. The RRF seeks to support conservation activities where rapid access to up to US$30,000 will make a significant contribution to reduction of the biodiversity threat. Read more about RRF impact.

Highlights of RRF operations to date include:

  • 35 grants (33 small grants and two interim grants) awarded in 20 developing or transitional countries and one UK Overseas Territory. Small grants awarded have a total value of $848,368.95;
  • Decisions on RRF grant applications have been made, on average, within 6.07 working days from the date of submission;
  • Emergency conservation activities have been supported in 28 iconic natural World Heritage sites covering a total area of 29509941 hectares;
  • 19 local NGOs, agencies or collaborative networks and 9 international NGOs have led implementation of RRF grants.
  • A diverse range of positive conservation impacts have been achieved with RRF support, including:
    • Reconstruction of essential conservation infrastructure post conflict or natural disaster;
    • Enhanced or restored ranger patrol capacity;
    • Successful campaigning against illegal infrastructure development;
    • Stakeholder conflict mediation;
    • Disaster and threat impact assessment; and
    • Implementation of essential management activities, such as fire control, during critical funding vacuums.

Grantees added the following comments about RRF funding:

‘RRF resources were essential to hire and cover working costs of the firefighters during the most critical period of the fire prone season.’ – staff of Oreades, Emas National Park, Brazil

‘The main strength of RRF is to provide timely support in cases of emergencies. The process does not take so long and decisions are made in a timely manner.’ – staff of Zoological Society of Frankfurt, Garamba National Park, DRC

‘There was close contact with RRF which meant decisions requiring changes to the original work plan could be made quickly and effectively.’ – RRF grant recipient working in Phong-Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

‘The speed of the RRF response to our request for help was excellent and we were very happy to receive support in this very serious problem that faced this WHS.’ – staff of the AKAR Network, Kerinci-Seblat National Park, Indonesia

‘The greatest strength of the support RRF is its flexibility to meet the needs expressed by the sites
and the rapid transfer of funds.’ – Radar Nishuli, chief of Kahuzi Biega National Park, DRC