Darwin Initiative – Main Projects

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The Darwin Initiative seeks to help safeguard the world’s biodiversity by drawing on UK biodiversity expertise to work with local partners in countries that are rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources.

The key objective of the Darwin Initiative is to draw on expertise relevant to biodiversity from within the United Kingdom to work with local partners in countries rich in biodiversity but poor in resources to achieve:

  • The conservation of biological diversity.
  • The sustainable use of its components.
  • The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources.

Originally focusing on supporting projects to achieve their Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) commitments, the Darwin Initiative now also includes the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS or the Bonn Convention). There has also been a shift of focus to ensure that more projects adopt ecosystem-based approaches to conservation and to ensure that the needs of the UK’s Overseas Territories are adequately supported. Examples of key issues are:

  • Means of delivering sustainable use including economic incentives.
  • Access to genetic resources and benefit sharing.
  • Clearing House mechanism models.
  • Transfer of technology.
  • Intellectual Property rights.
  • Capacity building in support of implementation and synergies with other biodiversity-related treaties.

Full details at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/darwin-initiative-applying-for-main-project-funding