Nature-Based Solutions

WFN launches a new grants programme addressing the biodiversity and climate crises hand-in-hand with communities.

2020 had been coined the ‘super year’ for nature and a crucial moment to address the biodiversity and climate emergencies facing our world. Whilst the global pandemic has had an unprecedented impact worldwide and postponed major global environmental gatherings such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Climate Change Conference, we are committed to continuing our work to provide support and funding to our network of grassroots conservation leaders, despite these setbacks.

This year, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a poignant new grants scheme under our Continuation Funding programme to support nature-based solutions that tackle climate change and biodiversity loss hand-in-hand, and in consultation with communities. Projects to be supported will bridge the gap between conservation and climate change, recognising that collaborative action is needed in order to reverse wildlife decline and address global warming. These projects will focus on the protection, sustainable management and restoration of habitats that act as vital carbon sinks, such as forests, wetlands, peatlands, mangroves, seagrasses or coral reefs, working to mitigate the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss through innovative conservation solutions that put people at their heart.

Image of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

These grants will be worth up to £100,000 over two years and available to past Whitley Award winners. They will run alongside our existing Continuation Funding grants, which are worth up to £70,000 over two years and support alumni to scale-up their effective work and respond to changing needs. One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction – more than ever in human history. Yet, as our Whitley Award winners show us, biodiversity can recover thanks to conservation efforts. It is not too late to make a difference and we urgently need to act. Given the current global crisis, we wish to support our winners now more than ever as they adapt their work to this new reality.

To check your eligibility and to find out how to apply, please visit our Continuation Funding page. If you would like to support this programme, please get in touch with WFN’s Head of Partnerships, Georgie White ([email protected]). Your support will make a difference now more than ever.