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Rapid Response Facility launches new website

Posted on: 07.09.09 (Last edited) 26 January 2015

FFI grants programme website to help share lessons learned from emergency situations.

The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) has just launched a new website at www.rapid-response.org.

The RRF is an emergency small grants programme jointly operated by FFI, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and the United Nations Foundation. With a target processing time for grant applications of just eight working days, the RRF provides rapid support to enable conservation practitioners to tackle emergencies in some of the World’s most important sites for biodiversity.

For those interested in approaching the RRF for emergency funding, the new website provides details on application procedures, funding criteria, and case studies of past RRF grants.

The site also houses tools and guidance for practitioners dealing with emergency conservation response around the globe. These include resources developed as part of FFI’s exploration of the value of partnerships between conservation and development practitioners in post-conflict and post-disaster situations.

At the request of several RRF grantees, the new website also features an interactive forum where past and current grantees, potential applicants and other interested parties can pose questions and share experiences of conservation emergency.

In the coming weeks the website will also be available in French & Spanish.

For further information, please contact the RRF Secretariat at


To date it has supported rapid interventions in 14 UNESCO designated natural World Heritage sites, responding to the conservation impacts of a range of emergencies such as natural disaster, armed conflict and sudden increases in illegal activity within these protected areas.

Written by
Rebecca Foges

Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground. Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.

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