Falklands Conservation has expressed frustration on future environmental funding pledged by London once United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union.
In effect Lord Gardiner of Kimble this week provided scant reassurance that future environmental funding for the Falklands and other Overseas Territories (OTs) would replace any current EU funding lost as a result of Brexit.
Lord Gardiner was responding to a question from Baroness Hooper asking whether the Darwin Initiative funding, provided through DEFRA, (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) would be stepped up to cover any loss in funding arising out of Brexit.
In his response, Lord Gardiner acknowledged that the UK Government had launched a call for evidence in May this year, stating, “We have received a number of in-depth responses to this Call for Evidence, many of which mention both EU funding and DP. These responses will help inform decisions on future funding for environmental and biodiversity protection in the OTs to be made ahead of the next full Spending Review.”
However, speaking to Penguin News last week, Falklands Conservation expressed frustration at the lack of response to that Call for Evidence, noting that nearly five months have passed since the deadline for submissions. (PN).