The Darwin Initiative is making millions of pounds in funding available to support biodiversity conservation around the world:
The Darwin Initiative offers funds to encourage the sharing of UK biodiversity expertise with local partners in countries with a wealth of biodiversity, but who lack the means to protect these resources and to assist in meeting their international biodiversity commitments.
Originally focusing on supporting projects to achieve their Convention on Biological Diversity 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).
Defra is now inviting applications from UK institutions and organisations in the UK Overseas Territories for support for Main projects to commence from 1 April 2012 and for Post Projects to commence from 1 October 2011. There will be up to £9m available for this new round.
It’s my understanding that, in general, applications for funding for projects in the Caribbean must include a partnership with an institution in the United Kingdom, except in the case of UK Overseas Territories:
There has … been a shift of focus to ensure that … the needs of the UK’s Overseas Territories are adequately supported. …[A]pplications from Overseas Territories need not have a metropolitan UK based partner in order to apply for Darwin funding.
Additonally, special funding will be available for projects in British Overseas Territories, under the Overseas Territories Challenge Fund programme; the 2011 round of that programme will be launched in the autumn.
Recently on Green Antilles: The Darwin Initiative: conservation successes in the Caribbean.