§ Norman Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent, by project, on the Flagship Species Fund in 2001–02. 51W
§ Mr. Meacher
In November 2001, the Department allocated £80,000 to the Flagship Species Fund, to be run by Fauna & Flora International. A total of £70,500 was allocated to nine projects, of which £54,455 has already been spent and the remainder will be spent in the nextfew months. The grants are as follows.Vietnam Primates£20,000 towards the conservation of endangered primate species in a National Park in Vietnam, including a feasibility study on mechanisms to establish a community-based ecotourism project.Ecuador Spider Monkey£15,000 for the conservation of a threatened spider monkey in northwest Ecuador through production of an Action Plan and a series of community-designed conservation awareness materials.Pau Brasil£8,000 for an educational campaign to support the conservation of Brazil's endangered national tree.Mexican Oaks£8,000 for the development of conservation initiatives for over 30 oak species that are threatened with extinction in Mexico.Bushmeat£7,500 to build a guard post to monitor the trade in bushmeat between Nigeria and Cameroon.Philippine Teak£4,000 for a conservation programme to re-establish a stable natural population of Philippine teak.Nigeria£4,000 for the conservation of forests in the Taraba and Adamawa StatesRussia£2,500 for the conservation of two threatened bat species Thailand£1,500 for the conservation of the endangered Siamese crocodile.
£9,500 has been used towards the administration costs of the Flagship Species Fund. The Fund has already attracted donations totalling £100,000 from BP and Rio Tinto. Negotiations are continuing with a number of other potential corporate sponsors.