On the occasion of the International Day of Biological Diversity, the government of the United Kingdom announced the latest round of successful offers of financing of the Darwin Initiative to fulfill the key commitments established in the 25-year Environmental Plan.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has awarded a total of £ 10.6 million to 52 projects over the next three years around the world to support and improve biodiversity.
Since 1992, the Darwin Initiative has funded 1,055 projects in 159 countries valued at £ 140 million. The Secretary of Environment Michael Gove said," the International Day of Biological Diversity is an important moment for all to reflect on how we can help the environment on our planet flourish. Through the Darwin Initiative, we are promoting change to protect and improve international biodiversity. Our 25-year environmental plan has established funding priorities and demonstrates the global leadership of the United Kingdom."
The Darwin Initiative is a grant program that helps protect biodiversity and the environment around the world. Many of these demands reflect the commitments made by the United Kingdom government in the framework of its five-year plan to protect the marine environment, guarantee the benefits of biodiversity for the poorest communities and help prevent the extinction of the species.
The fund is administered by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and uses the official assistance of the Government of United Kingdom. Projects that receive funds include: 'Biodiversity and Agriculture: addressing scale insect threats in Kenya' and led by the Natural History Museum.