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Announcing a new Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund under the Darwin Initiative - 'Darwin Plus'

The creation of a new Government fund which will help preserve the rich environmental assets in the UK's Overseas Territories (OTs) was announced today in Hyderabad, where the UK's Environment Minister, Richard Benyon is attending the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund (to be known as ‘Darwin Plus') will bring together existing UK Government funding for OT environmental projects into one place.

Check if your country is eligible before starting an application - UK Overseas Territories.

The new Fund will make it simpler for the UK's OTs to benefit from funding through one dedicated source. It will operate under the banner of Defra's Darwin Initiative, and will bring together existing UK Government funding on OT environmental projects from Defra (previously through the Darwin Initiative) and DfID and the FCO (previously through OTEP).

Announcing the new fund in Hyderabad Richard Benyon said:

"Our Overseas Territories are home to many plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world. These unique species are particularly precious at a time when we are suffering such a high rate of biodiversity loss around the globe.

"The UK has a responsibly to protect the vulnerable wildlife and habitats in our OTs, and this fund will help us do just that. Otherwise rare species like the Cayman Brac Parrot will be lost forever."

Mr Simmonds, Foreign Office Minister said:

"I am delighted to welcome the launch of this new Fund. It is an excellent example of how we are meeting our White Paper commitment to provide co-ordinated Government support to the Overseas Territories and a signal of how important we consider the environments of the OTs to be. I hope this Fund will provide the platform for the delivery of innovative environment and climate projects in the OTs."

Guidance and application forms are available as from today on the Darwin Initiative website - applications.

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