The issue

An inability to respond immediately to crises or environmental disasters can have devastating effects on biodiversity and ecosystems. Recognising this, UNESCO established the Rapid Response Facility (RRF).

As a small, efficient institution, the RRF is designed to respond immediately and without any bureaucratic red tape to imminent environmental catastrophes or to those that have already happened.

Our project

RRF “fights fires” wherever they occur. Literally and figuratively: the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is a rapid-relief body that tackles environmental threats in or near UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The RRF responds immediately to poaching, deforestation, accidents and to all kinds of destructive occurrences; it’s an emergency fund that provides aid and financing. Up to 30,000 dollars can be paid out.

By enabling the relevant players to deal with such emergencies within just a few days, and without any tedious bureaucracy, the RRF invests in the long-term survival of unique natural sites and the biodiversity that is found there.

Since 2013, Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) has been a UNESCO partner in the Rapid Response Facility and is an active member of the decision-making committee.

Our goals

  • Respond effectively and immediately to sudden crises affecting nature
  • Swiftly supply up to 30,000 dollars for emergencies in world heritage sites
  • Supply bridging funds in order to ensure the sustainability of RRF interventions

Facts and Figures

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HAVE ALREADY BEEN SUPPORTED BY RRF
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AT MOST ARE NEEDED FOR THE RRF TO ACT ON EMERGENCY AID CONTRIBUTION
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CAN SWIFTLY BE SUPPLIED BY THE RRF FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES