REFLECTIONS ON 2020
Happy New Year from the Rapid Response Facility (RRF)! 2020 was an extremely challenging year globally, and (like everyone) we sincerely hope the world fares better in 2021.
Even in the best of times, unexpected crises and disasters can occur. Rapid Response Facility can provide support to natural World Heritage Sites in times of emergency.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 2020 was a busy year for RRF. We provided vital funds to government agencies, NGOs and academic institutions, all working tirelessly to protect our shared natural World Heritage. The emergencies they faced were unpredictable and varied, and included a deadly armed attack on National Park ranger staff in DRC, a poaching crisis in Argentina, cyclone destruction of human-tiger conflict prevention measures in India, and devastating wildfires in Brazil. We also supported measures to protect the Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable World Heritage Site in Uganda from contracting the COVID-19 virus – a particular risk given the close genetic relationship of the species to humans.