Whitley Fund For Nature

Whitley Fund For Nature

Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK fundraising and grant-giving charity, which supports conservation leaders working in their home countries across the Global South. Over 30 years they have channelled £20 million to more than 200 conservationists in 80 countries.
Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) offers long term, laddered support to courageous changemakers leading local solutions to the global biodiversity and climate crises; they are acting on the latest science and igniting projects with passion. Through these award winners they support work rooted in communities that creates lasting benefits for wildlife, landscapes and people.
Find out more about the Whitley Fund for Nature: https://whitleyaward.org/
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Whitley Fund For Nature
  • People for Planet Summit: Celebrating 30 years of Whitley Awards

    A look back on some of the key moments and outcomes of WFN's biodiversity summit, titled 'People for Planet'.

    The 2-day event brought together 11 of the world's star conservationists at London's Royal Institution on the 6th and 7th November, 2023.

    Joined by special guest panellists and moderato...

  • Celebrate the Whitley Awards 30th Anniversary

    Take a look back at the highlights of the 2023 Whitley Awards ceremony, which also marked 30 years of the Whitley Fund for Nature.
    The ceremony saw a keynote speech from this year’s Gold Award winner Shivani Bhalla; the screening of a special interview between WFN Founder Edward Whitley and estee...

  • Shivani Bhalla 2023 Kenya Whitley Award Winner

    2023 Whitley Gold Award winner Dr Shivani Bhalla is a Kenyan conservationist whose work with her team of Samburu warriors, elders and women has helped the local lion population rise to a 15-year high. The success comes even amid the worst drought in living memory in the Horn of Africa which is es...

  • Mamy Razafitsalama 2023 Madagascar Whitley Award Winner

    2023 Whitley Award winner, Mamy and his team at Planet Madagascar are dedicated to finding grassroots solutions to protect their homeland’s forests and unique biodiversity. Building on previous work, they will bolster local capacity to protect the forest through ongoing patrols and maintenance of...

  • Tulshi Laxmi Suwal 2023 Nepal Whitley Award Winner

    2023 Whitley Award winner, Dr Tulshi Laxmi Suwal of Nepal is working to protect pangolins – the most trafficked mammal in the world – and their habitat. Pangolin habitat is increasingly threatened by the growing prevalence of forest fires, which also put at risk an important reforestation program...

  • Leonard Akwany 2023 Whitley Award Winner

    Kenyan conservationist Leonard Akwany receives his 2023 Whitley Award for his work empowering communities and bolstering grassroots fisheries management at Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake, helping native fish species recover.

    Filmed at the Royal Geographical Society, London, as ...

  • Serge Alexis Kamgang 2023 Cameroon Whitley Award Winner

    2023 Whitley Award winner, Serge Alexis Kamgang of Cameroon is working to protect a critically important population of lions in the Bénoué Ecosystem, where habitat loss and a decline in prey, along with a surge in human and livestock populations have set lions on course for conflict with local he...

  • ECOFLIX Yuliana Bedolla 2023 Mexico Whitley Award

    2023 Whitley Award winner from Mexico, Yuliana Bedolla, is working to protect important seabird colonies from invasive mammals on two of the world’s most important nesting sites. Yuliana’s programme will actively protect nesting sites by evaluating breeding success of the nocturnal seabirds by mo...

  • Whitley Fund for Nature Albert Salemgareyev 2023 Winner Kazakhstan

    2023 Whitley Award winner, Albert Salemgareyev from Kazakhstan is working to protect saiga antelope, a keystone species of the Central Asian steppe grasslands, whose population has rebounded to a record high. His project will address the emerging conflict between saiga and pastoralists amid a sca...