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British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 146294, tabled on 21 May 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26 April to Question 136459, on British Overseas Territories: biodiversity, what the outcomes of the discussions on possible replacements for the EU's financing instrument for biodiversity funding were; and whether further Ministerial level discussions have since taken place.

Answered on

30 May 2018

Government Departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Her Majesty's Treasury, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Department for Exiting the European Union, are actively engaging in discussions concerning a possible replacement for BEST funding. A number of options are being considered, and the Government plans to involve the Overseas Territories in these discussions. Ministers will have the opportunity to conduct further discussions on this topic as matters develop over the coming months.