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British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 136461, tabled on 18 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on UK Overseas Territories’ biodiversity of EU BEST funding not being replaced after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered on

26 April 2018

‚ÄčThe Government is committed to involving all the UK Overseas Territories in our EU exit planning and to ensuring that their interests are taken into account fully and consistently. We are currently working collaboratively to determine the effect of EU exit on the Overseas Territories in a range of scenarios, and to develop a range of contingency measures. This work includes the question of access to, or possible replacements for, funding instruments such as EU LIFE and BEST. Although definitive decisions on access to or replacements for these funding mechanisms have not yet been taken, the UK Government takes seriously its joint responsibility with the Overseas Territory Governments to safeguard the rich and varied natural environments of the Overseas Territories, which will remain a steadfast priority as we leave the EU.