£2 million for environmental projects in our Overseas Territories


£2 million for environmental projects in our Overseas Territories

Some of the UK.s greatest environmental assets will be preserved thanks to UK Government funding that was announced today.

Last year the UK Government launched the Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund, also known as Darwin Plus which is co-funded by Defra, FCO and DFID.

In March this year funding of 14 Darwin Plus projects totalling £1.7 million was announced and now, having recently completed a second application round, a further 15 projects totalling just under £2 million will support environmental projects in the UK Overseas Territories over the next two years.

Following the announcement of this new funding at the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council, which took place this week in London, Lord de Mauley said:

“Following the successful launch of the Darwin Plus fund last year many valuable environmental projects are currently underway in our Overseas Territories, which are home to a wealth of unique biodiversity. These territories, often geographically isolated, are facing a host of environmental threats ranging from climate change to invasive species but the UK Government remains committed to support them in this challenge and I am delighted to announce that a further 15 Darwin Plus projects have been identified, tackling a range of environmental issues from habitat restoration projects in our South Atlantic Territories to mapping marine habitats in the Caribbean..

The successful Darwin Plus projects are as follows:

  • ‘Strategic management of invasive alien plants on South Georgia’, Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands – £92,200
  • ‘Caicos pine forests: mitigation for climate change and invasive species’, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – £199,693
  • ‘Lower plants inventory and conservation in the Falkland Islands’, Falklands Conservation – £183,958
  • ‘Taxonomic and conservation status of Oceanodroma storm petrels in the South Atlantic’, Government of St Helena – £43,430
  • ‘Socio-economic aspects of turtle conservation in the Cayman Islands’, Government of Cayman Islands – £149,904
  • ‘St Helena baseline assessment; a foundation for effective environmental management’, Government of St Helena – £96,700
  • ‘Ascension Island Marine Sustainability (AIMS) – a fisheries and marine biodiversity’, Government of Ascension – £261,087
  • ‘Anguilla National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) – towards a green economy’, Government of Anguilla – £190,500
  • ‘Building capacity for habitat restoration in the Falkland Islands’ Falklands Conservation – £107,967
  • ‘Darwin Fellowship – MRes Carbon sequestration in community forests, St Helena’, Government of St Helena – £21,617
  • ‘Conservation of the spiky yellow woodlouse and black cabbage tree woodland on St Helena’, St Helena Nature Conservation Group – £37,090
  • ‘British Virgin Islands Marine Protected Area (MPA) and hydrographic survey capacity building’, Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) – £253,443
  • ‘Marine spatial planning in the Falkland Islands’, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) – £151,572
  • ‘Assessing the conservation status of the Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross in Tristan da Cunha’ RSPB – £82,081
  • ‘Securing St Helena’s rare Cloud Forest trees and associated invertebrates’ Government of St Helena – £98,380

Total funding: £1,969,622