New international wildlife conservation fund announced
London, UK: A new fund to support the conservation of endangered species
and their habitats across the developing world is being launched in London,
UK today 7th January 2016 by the Whitley Fund for Nature and Fondation
Grants in the region of £50,000 per year, over a period of one to three years,
are being offered to exceptional grassroots conservationists delivering highimpact projects that are addressing threats to conservation.
The newly created Whitley-Segré Conservation Fund provides further funding
to previous Whitley Award winners to scale up their successful conservation
work, and bring about lasting change for threatened wildlife, local
communities and the environment they share.
The first round of funding is now open and recipients will be announced in
October 2016.
The new Fund is the result of a partnership between UK charity, the Whitley
Fund for Nature, and Swiss-based Fondation Segré. Both organisations are
contributing 50% of the funding available through the new Fund, with
Fondation Segré matching the amount raised by the Whitley Fund for Nature.
WFN Founder, Edward Whitley, said: “We are delighted to announce the new
Whitley-Segré Conservation Fund, and the deepening of our partnership with
Fondation Segré. For the first time this allows us to offer WFN supporters the
chance to double their donation through matched funding, maximising the
impact of their support. This is a unique opportunity for two committed
organisations funding conservation where action is most needed, to learn
from one another, and bring about positive change for species, habitats and
Claudio Segré, Founder and Chairman of Fondation Segré said: “The
Foundation has been a long-standing partner of the Whitley Fund for Nature.
Our experience with them has been very positive and we wanted to build on
that. Our new joint initiative will not only strengthen our collaboration but also,
by joining forces and combining skills, enable exceptional conservationists to
further their work in the field over a longer period of time.“
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Notes to Editors
About Whitley Fund for Nature
The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity that champions
outstanding grassroots leaders in nature conservation across the developing
The Whitley Awards are prestigious international prizes presented to individuals
in recognition of their achievements in nature conservation. Each Award
Winner receives a prize worth £35,000 in project funding over one year. The
charity’s patron, HRH The Princess Royal, presents the Awards each year at a
special ceremony in London.
The Whitley Awards have been presented annually since 1994. Since then, the
Whitley Fund for Nature has given nearly £12 million to conservation and
recognised more than 160 conservation leaders in 70 countries.
The Whitley Awards are open to individuals working on wildlife conservation
issues in developing countries. Further eligibility criteria are available from
Whitley Award winners join an international network of Whitley Alumni eligible
to apply for grants from the Whitley-Segré Conservation Fund. These follow-on
grants are awarded competitively to winners seeking to scale up their
successful project work.
Strong applications of any amount over 1, 2 or 3 years are welcome, and we
expect most successful proposals to be in the region of £50,000 per annum
over 2-3 years.
To find out more about the eligibility requirements and the application process
please visit or email [email protected]
About Fondation Segré
Fondation Segré is a Swiss-based conservation Foundation committed to help
protect the biodiversity of our planet through the active conservation of
threatened species and their habitat and the restoration of degraded
When first established in 1996, the Foundation received an endowment which
grew over time. The total commitments over the past six years exceeds EUR 16
million corresponding to over 50 projects. Going forward, the Foundation’s
target for new annual commitments is in principle EUR 5 million.
Amongst its key interests, Fondation Segré supports initiatives aiming to
achieve long-term viability of wild populations, to restore critical habitats and
functional ecosystems, to fight poaching, and to prevent and mitigate illegal
wildlife trade.
To find out more about our application process, please visit
For further information about Fondation Segré, please contact Nathalie
Blomjous on 0041 22 716 09 41 or via email to
[email protected]

The Whitley-Segré Conservation Fund