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The Government will give £25m to wildlife conservation work around the world through the Darwin Initiative, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced today(April 8th)

Defra’s Darwin Initiative has already spent more than £80m to help protect biodiversity in 156 countries since its inception in 1992. Over the next four years the scheme will receive a boost of at least £25m in funding.


Caroline Spelman said:

“I’m proud of our excellent work under the Darwin Initiative – its project leaders have worked wonders in helping to prevent damage to vulnerable wildlife and Earth's ecosystems and we are committed to strengthening our global partnerships in the economic and scientific response to protecting our natural environment.

“Some of the planet’s richest wildlife is found in developing countries, and over the next four years we’ll make more money and expertise available than ever before to ensure economic development goes hand in hand with protecting value natural habitats and adapting to the challenges of climate change.”

The Darwin Initiative has already supported a wide range of important work such as a scheme to ensure the survival of critically endangered "mountain chicken" frogs on the Caribbean island of Montserrat.

Funding has also been used to help protect river dolphins in Brazil, prevent the extinction of vultures in India and provide training in The Gambia to help monitor fragile ecosystems.


Source: Defra

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Written by Scott Buckler   
Friday, 08 April 2011 15:13
Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2011 15:17


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