About us


The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps protect biodiversity, the natural environment and the local communities that live alongside it in developing countries.

 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 £164m to more than 1,143 projects across 159 countries.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For further information on the related funds, Darwin Plus working in the UK Overseas Territories and the IWT Challenge Fund, please follow the links provided below:


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) – University of Oxford

Dr Abigail Entwistle – Fauna and Flora International (FFI)

Dr Amy Dickman – University of Oxford

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

Dr Chris West – Independent

Dave Pritchard – Independent

David Tickner – World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF)

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

Dr Howard Nelson – Fauna and Flora International (FFI)

Jo Elliot – Fauna and Flora International (FFI)

Professor Julia Jones – Bangor University

Professor Katharine 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)

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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