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World Environment Day: £10.9m for international conservation - Defra

New funding announced to protect rare wildlife and vulnerable habitats across the globe

The Government has awarded £10.9 million for global projects to protect rare wildlife and vulnerable habitats to mark this year’s World Environment Day (5 June).

Wildlife set to benefit include turtles in the British Virgin Islands, penguins in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, coral reefs in Comoros and endangered chimpanzees in Uganda.

Over the next three years, 17 projects will receive £5.7 million through the Darwin Initiative – a world-renowned scheme that protects wildlife and the natural environment across the world. In addition, £5.2 million will be given to 21 projects through the Darwin Plus scheme for conservation of the unique and globally significant plants and animals that reside in UK Overseas Territories.

Wildlife to benefit from this funding include:

International Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith said: “World Environment Day provides us all with a stark reminder of the need to take urgent action to reverse global biodiversity loss.”

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