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Government provides multi-million pound boost to protect the world’s oceans

The first five programmes to be supported through the £500 million Blue Planet Fund have been announced. The programmes, financed from the UK’s overseas aid budget, will tackle plastic pollution and the decline of global coral reefs, as well as using the UK’s world-leading expertise to help respond to marine pollution disasters such as the Xpress Pearl in Sri Lanka.

The UK is a global leader in marine protection and the fund is central to the Government's ambition to take further climate and ocean action ahead of COP26. These programmes will work to restore ocean health, reduce poverty in developing countries and tackle climate change on a global scale.

You can find out more about the programmes in the press release and on the Blue Planet Fund’s page, and also watch the Blue Planet Fund explainer video.