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)
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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 (currently chaired by Professor Stephen Blackmore), 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 Stephen Blackmore (Chair)||Independent|
|Mr Jonathan Barzdo||Independent|
|Mr Martin Brasher||Independent|
|Dr Abigail Entwistle||Fauna and Flora International (FFI)|
|Dr Essam Yassin Mohammed||International Institute for Environment and Development|
|Dr Geoffrey Hawtin||Independent|
|Dr Keith Hamer||University of Leeds|
|Mr Matthew Hatchwell||Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)|
|Dr Frances Humber||Blue Ventures|
|Dr Gary Martin||Global Diversity Foundation|
|Professor EJ Milner-Gulland||Oxford University|
|Dr Jay Mistry||Royal Holloway, University of London|
|Dr Howard Nelson||University of Chester|
|Dilys Roe||International Institute for Environment and Development|
|Dr Shaun Russell||Bangor University|
|Dr Paul Smith||Botanic Gardens Conservation International|
|Dr Juliet Vickery||RSPB|
|Dr Mark Watson||Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh|
|Dr Vincent Fleming||JNCC|
|Professor Monique Simmonds||Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew|
|Chris Lyal||Natural History Museum|
For questions about policy, contact the Darwin Secretariat at the Department for Food and Rural Affairs.
For queries about project applications, contact the applications 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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