Darwin Initiative

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Hooper Baroness Hooper Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much, if any, of the funding announced by the Prime Minister for the Darwin Initiative on 23 September will replace EU funding for wildlife in the Falkland Islands and other Overseas Territories.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The funding announced by the Prime Minister on 23 September was for the Darwin Initiative, which supports biodiversity projects in developing countries around the world. The Government provides environmental and biodiversity funding to the British Overseas Territories (OTs) through the separate Darwin Plus (DP) fund.

On 10 May 2019, we launched a Call for Evidence on safeguarding the environment in the British OTs. This invited ideas on how the Government can safeguard the OTs’ biodiversity and aims to support the UK’s continued partnership with the OTs in meeting future environmental commitments.

We have received a number of in-depth responses to this Call for Evidence, many of which mention both EU funding and DP. These responses will help inform decisions on future funding for environmental and biodiversity protection in the OTs to be made ahead of the next full Spending Review.

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