About us


The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment in developing countries.

Darwin-funded projects usually aim to help preserve biodiversity and the local community that lives alongside it. Most projects will include one or more of:

  • building environmental knowledge
  • capacity building
  • research
  • implementing international biodiversity agreements

Since 1992, the Darwin Initiative has awarded over £177m to more than 1,220 projects across 159 countries.

For information on projects working within the UK Overseas Territories supported under Darwin Plus, please follow the link to the website here.


Darwin Expert Committee membership

The Darwin Expert Committee, 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 EJ Milner-Gulland (Chair) – Oxford University

Dr Abigial Entwhistle – Fauna and Flora International (FFI)

Amy Dickman – University of Oxford

Chris McOwen – UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

Dr Chris West – Independent

Dave Pritchard – Independent

David Tickner – World Wildlife Foundation (WWF)

Dr Dilys Roe – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Dr Frances Humber – Independent

Dr Howard Nelson – Fauna and Flora International (FFI)

Jo Elliot – Fauna and Flora International (FFI)

Julia Jones – Bangor University

Katherine Abernethy – University of Stirling

Dr Mark Watson – Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Dr Paul Smith – Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)

Patricia Davis – Community Centred Conservation (C3)

Serah Munguti – Fauna and Flora International (FFI)

Dr Tom Clements – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Ex-officio members:

Chris Lyal – National History Museum

Ed McManus – Cefas

Professor Monique Simmonds – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Vicky Morgan – Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)


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