The Darwin Initiative supports developing countries and the UK Overseas Territories to conserve biodiversity and reduce poverty. The Darwin Initiative is the UK’s flagship biodiversity grants. It provides grants for projects working in developing countries and UK Overseas Territories (OTs).
LTS manages the administration and M&E of Darwin Initiative and the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Challenge Fund.
The Darwin Initiative was established in recognition of the support required by countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under various biodiversity conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES); the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS); the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). Projects must also demonstrate how they support the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).
LTS has provided expert advice and support to the management of the Darwin Initiative for most of its life, since 2000, including guiding the launch of new sub-funds. Duties under this contract have included:
Value and benefits
Since 1992, The Darwin Initiative has supported biodiversity conservation commitments in 159 poor countries with the dual objectives of biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.