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Poverty and biodiversity: the Darwin Initiative

17 October 2014

The Darwin Initiative has published a learning note explaining how its projects can help reduce poverty.

The world’s poor, particularly in rural areas, depend on biological resources for much of their basic needs, including food, fuel, medicine, shelter and transportation.

Reducing poverty isn’t just about providing a source of income, protecting biodiversity (an area’s variety of plants and animals) can help provide indirect support for poor communities.

The Darwin Initiative was launched in 1992 to fund projects that help countries that are rich in biodiversity but poor in financial assets to protect their natural environment and biological resources. 

It is supported by DEFRA, FCO and DFID and to date there have been over 900 Darwin projects in more than 150 countries. 

This learning note is aimed at demonstrating to Darwin applicants, and the public, what is meant by poverty and how Darwin projects can affect it. It also includes examples of projects that have helped to reduce poverty.

For more information see the Darwin Initiative learning note.

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