HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 cc50-1W
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. [61170]

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 States Russia £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.