£97,319,821 invested in 835 projects in 157 countries since 1992

About the Darwin Initiative

The Darwin Initiative was announced by the UK Government at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

The Darwin Initiative assists countries that are rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the three major biodiversity Conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES); and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), through the funding of collaborative projects which draw on UK biodiversity expertise.

The Darwin Expert Committee (currently chaired by Professor Stephen Blackmore), consisting of experts from government, academic, science and the private sector, advises Ministers on development of the Initiative and makes recommendations on applications for funding.

Darwin projects are diverse. Typically, they may address issues in the following areas:

  • institutional capacity building
  • training
  • research
  • work to implement the Biodiversity Convention
  • environmental education or awareness

Page last modified: Thursday, 31 October 2013

Darwin 2012 - 20 years of the Darwin Initiative

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Tue Jan 14 13:11 | Originally funded by the Darwin Initiative! RT @USAID: What is the Saiga antelope and why does it need saving? #biodiversity @FaunaFloraIn
Fri Jan 10 08:28 | @qcrescente @AIGConservation @FaunaFloraInt @UKOTBiodiv Very interested to learn about how the success of these road signs will be measured!
Fri Jan 10 08:27 | @AIGConservation @FaunaFloraInt @UKOTBiodiv Great photo!
Mon Jan 06 08:28 | Interested in learning more about the Bolivia agroforestry project and Inga: check it out here: http://t.co/qj4iqlbvEz
Mon Dec 16 16:24 | @CMEPorg @MorrisLeigh Looks amazing.
Mon Dec 16 09:06 | 1st nursery at Itremo: Uapaca bojeri (Phyllanthaceae) for tapia forest restoration, in a Madagascar Darwin project http://t.co/AsFNje7rJB
Tue Dec 10 13:49 | Last week Susan Canney gave a TEDX talk about Mali elephants. It was live-streamed on Thursday at http://t.co/Cl3kl0QVbj and online

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