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.
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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.
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