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Developing Countries: Wildlife

International Development written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether her Department has any plans to monitor wildlife or biodiversity outcomes from its bilateral or multilateral funding.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

All DFID funded bilateral activities over £400 are screened for environmental risks and opportunities, including those relevant to wildlife and biodiversity. DFID programmes are also subject to rigorous monitoring and evaluation to ensure delivery against agreed programme objectives. Outcomes for wildlife and biodiversity are included in this assessment where they have been identified as an explicit component of the programme.

Multilateral development organisations such as the World Bank and UN Development Programme have their own internal processes in place to screen for environmental risks and opportunities. DFID works closely with these organisations to help make their monitoring processes as robust as possible to wildlife or including those that relate to biodiversity.

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