The UK Government has announced a £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund.
Biodiversity is declining worldwide, faster than at any other time in human history. In the last 50 years, human pressures have increased while animal populations, on average, have been reduced to more than half.
To help address the challenges facing nature today, the UK Prime Minister announced a £220 million International Biodiversity Fund at the 2019 UN General Assembly. This includes a new £100m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund that is planned to restore key landscapes and their ecosystems.
The joint Defra-DFID Biodiverse Landscapes Fund will deliver lasting protection and improvement of biodiversity in five global biodiversity hotspots. The plans will align nature conservation and human development objectives at a landscape scale. Each landscape will be eligible for between £10m and £20m over five years.
They intend to begin projects in two initial landscapes by April/May 2021, with the remaining to begin 6 to 9 months later, all with active engagement with host governments.
In each area, they intend to execute the program through conservation and development organisations with a history of delivering high-quality large-scale projects of this nature. The government will also welcome the participation of consortia of organisations.