The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide.
What we do
The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the following biodiversity conventions:
- the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)
- the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing
- the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
- the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
- the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
- the Convention on Climate Change
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Projects typically try to address threats to biodiversity such as:
- habitat loss or degradation
- climate change
- invasive species
- pollution and eutrophication
You can look up current and past projects in the Darwin projects database.
Darwin Expert Committee
The Darwin Expert Committee, consists of experts from government, academia, science and the private sector. The committee advises ministers on development of the initiative, reviews applications and makes recommendations to ministers on applications for funding.
|Professor EJ Milner-Gulland (Chair)||Oxford University|
|Jo Elliott||Fauna and Flora International (FFI)|
|Dr Abigail Entwistle||Fauna and Flora International (FFI)|
|Dr Frances Humber||Independent|
|Dr Howard Nelson||Fauna and Flora International (FFI)|
|Dr Dilys Roe||International Institute for Environment and Development|
|Dr Paul Smith||Botanic Gardens Conservation International|
|David Tickner||World Wildlife Fund|
|Dr Mark Watson||Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh|
|Dr Chris West||Independent|
|Chris McOwen||UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)|
|Serah Munguti||Fauna and Flora International (FFI)|
|Amy Dickman||Oxford University|
|Katharine Abernathy||Sterling University|
|Professor Monique Simmonds||Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew|
|Chris Lyal||Natural History Museum|
|Ed McManus||Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)|
|Dr Tom Clements||Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)|
Our privacy notice (PDF) explains how we use your personal data in connection with the Darwin Initiative, Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Challenge Fund and Darwin Plus.
For questions about policy, contact the Darwin Secretariat at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
For queries about project applications, contact the applications team.
For queries about applying through the Flexi-Grant applications, contact the Flexi-Grant support team.
For queries relating to new and existing projects, contact the project administrators.
Telephone: Eilidh Young on 0131 440 5181
For queries about project finance, contact the finance section.
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