UK finances £10.6m for international conservation

A total of 52 projects will share the funding over the next three years to support and enhance biodiversity

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The UK Government has awarded around £10.6 million for international conservation projects.

A total of 52 projects will share the funding over the next three years to support and enhance biodiversity.

The announcement coincided with the International Day for Biological Diversity yesterday and is being delivered under the Darwin Initiative – a grant scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment around the globe.

The funding is being provided for conservation projects in countries including Bolivia, Cambodia, Nepal and Kenya, focusing on different factors concerning biodiversity and examining the economic and environmental impact.

One of the projects aims to enable ecosystems to deliver sustainable development goals at Lake Indawgyi in Cambodia.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “International Day for Biological Diversity offers an important moment for us all to consider how we can help the natural environment thrive on our planet.

“Through the Darwin Initiative, we are driving change to protect and enhance international biodiversity. Our 25-Year Environment Plan has set the priorities and demonstrates the UK’s global leadership.”