In response to worldwide disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society is providing funding for projects focused on how humanity and the natural world have reacted to and are living through the unparalleled circumstances created by COVID-19 in order to better understand how this pandemic—or the threat of another—will shape our world for years to come. Proposed projects should seek to better understand and/or provide solutions to the situations created or magnified by the pandemic, thereby helping us to understand and address the challenges and changes of living in a COVID-19 world.
This fund invites research, conservation, and technology projects on the following two (2) topics; below are examples of the types of questions and projects that the Society would like to receive:
Community-based and inclusive wildlife and cultural heritage site conservation.
- How have community and grassroots organizations dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife and cultural heritage sites been impacted by COVID-19?
- How have organizations continued their conservation activities during the pandemic? What types of new models or innovative approaches to conservation are being tried?
- How are local communities that have depended on external visitors or revenues for their livelihoods and other conservation activities, adapting to the new context?
- With people unable to afford to stay in cities, how are rural communities shaped and changed by people returning?
- Given the ongoing economic crises due to COVID-19, what lessons can be applied post pandemic to support sustainable and just economic recovery in areas with high biodiversity and/or cultural heritage resources?
Impacts of tourism changes on cultural heritage sites and wildlife.
- How have changes in global and/or domestic tourism affected wildlife, protected area management, cultural heritage site conservation, and the livelihoods and well-being of nearby communities?
- What lessons can be applied for when/if tourism returns?
- How has tourism been re-invented during the pandemic? What types of new models or innovative approaches to tourism are being tried?
- Some natural and cultural heritage areas may have seen increased domestic and local tourism as a result of the pandemic – what are the impacts, if any?