The UK will commit at least £3 billion to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years.
The funding will be allocated from the UK Government’s existing commitment of £11.6bn for international climate finance and will deliver transformational change in protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting to sustainable food production and supply, and supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest.
Programmes supported by the funding will include the flagship Blue Planet Fund for marine conservation; projects to maintain forests and tackle the illegal timber trade and deforestation; and initiatives to conserve habitats such as mangroves that protect communities from the impacts of climate change.
The new funding builds on previous UK government commitments on biodiversity made last year, including a pledge to protect at least 30 per cent of the UK’s land and ocean by 2030.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.