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Darwin Plus: About Us

Darwin Plus (also known as The Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund) is a UK government grants scheme that helps deliver long-term strategic outcomes for the unique biodiversity, the natural environment and improving resilience to climate change within the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs). It is one of the Biodiversity Challenge Funds, which also includes the Darwin Initiative and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, aimed at conserving biodiversity and safeguarding the environment for local people.

Most projects will include one or more of the following themes:

  • Biodiversity: improving and conserving biodiversity, and slowing or reversing biodiversity loss and degradation;
  • Climate change: responding to, mitigating and adapting to climate change and its effects on the natural environment and local communities;
  • Environmental quality: improving the condition and protection of the natural environment;
  • Capability and capacity building: enhancing the capacity within UKOTs to support the environment in the short- and long-term.

Projects contribute to the delivery of existing commitments for individual Territories, such as those set out within the national biodiversity strategies, environmental action plans and roadmaps, or equivalent.


Darwin Plus has awarded over

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Since 2012, Darwin Plus has awarded over £44m to more than 202 projects across the UKOTs. In 2022, Darwin Plus Local also awarded £1.5m to 45 projects across the UKOTs.

The 14 UK Overseas Territories are:

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • The Cayman Islands
  • The Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Montserrat
  • The Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie & Oeno Islands
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Sovereign Base Areas, Akrotiri and Dhekelia (on Cyprus)
  • The Turks & Caicos Islands

For further information on Darwin Plus, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

For further information on the Biodiversity Challenge Funds, please follow the links provided below:

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