Department for International Development (DFID), UK
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain?s aid to poor countries. DFID supports long-term programmes to help tackle the underlying causes of poverty, but also responds to emergencies, both natural and man-made. DFID works in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector, multilateral institutions, United Nations agencies, and the European Commission. DFID provides aid to about 90 countries worldwide.
DFID does not fund poverty-conservation projects per se. Nevertheless, in conjunction with the UK?s Natural Environment Research Council and Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), DFID is developing a 5 year, interdisciplinary research programme that aims to generate cutting edge evidence on ecosystem services, their full value, and links to sustainable poverty reduction. Some examples of regional ecosystem challenges include:
- adapting to monsoon variability in South Asia;
- equitable delivery of ecosystems services in China;
- reducing environmental vulnerability in semi-arid areas of Africa;
- securing biological stability in the Amazon and Andes.
DFID also provides support to other organisations working on poverty-conservation linkages (e.g. WWF-UK, IIED) and addresses poverty-conservation indirectly through other initiatives aimed at, for example, reducing emissions from deforestation (e.g. the Congo Basin Forest Fund) or forest governance.