The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is currently looking for 8 new members for its Darwin Expert Committee. This is a Committee made up of independent experts which advises Ministers on funding proposals received under its Darwin Initiative.

Defra are particularly seeking individuals who have good knowledge of the links between biodiversity and development and knowledge of or experience in projects delivering both biodiversity, livelihood and economic benefits.
This expertise should also ideally be supplemented by knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Implementation of biodiversity commitments in key MEAs (CBD, CITES and CMS)
  • Environmental Law
  • Business & economics
  • Ecosystem-approach and ecosystem services expertise;
  • Biodiversity-related scientific or academic research;
  • New carbon markets (REDD and PES);
  • Biodiversity issues in the UK’s Overseas Territories

Applicants from a wide range of backgrounds will be considered including private sector, scientific, academic and professional institutions and non-governmental organisations.