Blue Planet Fund

A review examining the £500 million Blue Planet Fund, designed to help developing nations to protect the marine environment and reduce poverty.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 30 November 2023
  3. Type: Rapid review
  4. Subject: Climate change and biodiversity
  5. Assessment: Unrated
  6. Case study: Fiji, Mozambique
  7. Lead commissioner: Tarek Rouchdy
  8. SDGs covered:Climate action, Life below water, Life on land

Latest news

We have published our rapid review of the UK’s Blue Planet Fund, which makes four recommendations. The government’s response was published in January 2024.


In January 2021, the government committed to spending at least £3 billion of the UK’s promised £11.6 billion of international climate finance to protect and restore nature. As part of this, ministers established the £500 million Blue Planet Fund, intended to support low- and middle-income countries to reduce poverty and protect ocean biodiversity.

The Blue Planet Fund supports the delivery of the government’s 2021 Integrated review and the 2022 Strategy for international development, which put tackling climate change biodiversity loss at the heart of the UK’s international priorities.

It also contributes to wider UK government commitments to protect at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030 and to tackle plastic pollution.

The fund is managed jointly by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Its first projects were launched in 2021-22, with further programming announcements made at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon. Our review will look at the relevance, coherence and effectiveness of the Blue Planet Fund to date.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relevant to this review are:

  • Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate action
  • Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water
  • Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on land


Approach publication

25 September 2023

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published November 2023

Government response

Published January 2024

Further scrutiny

To be confirmed