Feature Image: A Rhino Fund Uganda Ranger guiding tourists through Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary. Image by Tom Broadhurst.
The Thin Green Line Foundation is very pleased to announce the support for 32 projects through our 2021 Ranger Support Grant program.
The Ranger Support Grants program (RSG) opened for applications in January 2021, offering funding between $5,000 – $40,000 US dollars to organisations seeking Ranger support in our four operational areas – Training Rangers, Equipping Rangers, Emergency Support and Connecting Rangers. A key focus of this program was the provision of livelihood support and PPE equipment for Rangers severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would like to congratulate the following organisations, representing a mix of new and existing partners, for their success in the 2021* Ranger Support Grants. Welcome to the Thin Green Line community!
- African Conservation Foundation – Cameroon (Emergency Support)
- Afromontane Biodiversity Conservation – Ethiopia (Emergency Support)
- Big Life Foundation – Kenya and Tanzania (Equipment)
- Environment and Rural Development Foundation – Kenya (Emergency Support)
- Frankfurt Zoological Society – DRC (Emergency Support)
- Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest – Kenya (Emergency Support)
- Grevy’s Zebra Trust – Kenya (Equipment)
- Iyondji Community Bonobo Reserve – DRC (Emergency Support)
- Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association – Kenya (Emergency Support)
- Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust – Kenya (Emergency Support)
- Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary – Sierra Leone (Emergency Support)
- WeForest – Zambia (Training)
- Ecosystem Impact Foundation – Indonesia (Connect)
- HUTAN – Malaysia (Emergency Support)
- Orangutan Foundation – Indonesia (Equipment)
- Save Indonesian Endangered Species Fund – Indonesia (Equipment)
- Sumatran Ranger Project – Indonesia (Connect)
- Association of Park Rangers of Colombia – Colombia (Emergency Support)
- Guanacas Cloud Forests Foundation – Colombia (Emergency Support)
- Guyra Paraguay – Paraguay (Emergency Support)
- Jocotoco Conservation Foundation – Ecuador (Emergency Support)
- Natura Bolivia Foundation – Bolivia (Training)
- Rewilding Argentina – Argentina (Equipment)
- The Association of Park Rangers of the Environmental Conservation Areas of the Province of Sechura – Peru (Equipment)
- Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets – Armenia (Emergency Support)
- Romania Ranger Association – Romania (Training)
- Saiga Conservation Alliance – Russia and Uzbekistan (Emergency Support)
- Desert Support Services Pty Ltd for Parna Ngururrpa Aboriginal Corporation – Australia (Equipment)
- Indigenous Desert Alliance Ltd – Australia (Connect)
- Polynesian Ornithological Society (Manu-SOP) – French Polynesia (Emergency Response)
* To increase the number of projects supported through the Ranger Support Grant’s the above organisations were awarded grants across FY 20-21 and FY 21-22 (Australia).
Protecting Nature’s Protectors
At the Thin Green Line, we aim to keep our finger on the pulse, to understand what Rangers truly need, and to respond to those needs as efficiently and effectively as possible. The 2021 Ranger Support Grants remind us just how great the needs of Rangers are, and highlight that more support is urgently required. In total we received 183 separate applications from 62 countries around the world. These requests totalled USD $5.9 million (AUD $7.5m) and had a total reach of 14,500 Rangers. The success rate of applications was around 17%.
The success rate was a consequence of Thin Green Line’s limited resources; it does not reflect the overall high standard of the applications. While many applicants were not successful, we were proud to work closely with The International Ranger Federation to reach so many organisations addressing conservation challenges in the world’s diverse regions.
With our renewed understanding of the state of the Ranger profession we will strive to help more Rangers to continue their critical work in conservation.
We thank those who stand with us and invite all to join us on this journey. Please consider donating today, to help us support more Rangers on the frontlines of conservation.