Emergency funding for nature in times of crisis

Many of the world’s disasters occur without warning. Such events can have devastating and irreversible consequences for natural habitats and species, if there is not swift action.

The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) plays an essential role in reducing the impact of such disasters, by providing rapid relief to the world’s most irreplaceable sites, when it’s needed most.

Since 2006, the RRF has provided support in 50 emergency situations, providing critical assistance to UNESCO natural World Heritage sites in times of greatest need.

A lasting impact

The RRF’s inputs to projects are one-off and short-term, but by intervening at the point of acute crisis we are able to avert permanent catastrophic damage to the world’s most valuable natural sites.

The support we give is recognised as bringing about lasting change in many of our sites. To find out more about the fund’s conservation impact, read our legacy review.

There is no doubt that the RRF contributed to the Forest Department’s decision to place a cease and desist order on the development.
Lee McloughlinProtected Area Manager, Ya'axché Conservation Trust
species benefitted through urgent relief
hectares of marine habitats protected
World Heritage sites supported
organisations supported
spent in emergency response funding
hectares of terrestrial habitat protected


At the heart of every project we fund is a tragic incident. The case studies below reveal the stories behind a range of our grants, and show why RRF support is so vital.


The RRF provides support to the world’s most famed natural sites, the map below shows countries that have benefitted from RRF funding.
Map showing countries where projects have received Rapid Response Facility funding.
Because of the rapidity of the response and the simplicity of the proposal, this funding was very quickly received. This enabled the timely purchase and implementation of the equipment, ensuring almost immediate assistance with the anti-poaching surveillance efforts on the ground.
Erik MaravPark Director, Garamba National Park