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

Read the approach summary paper

Our approach

This review will assess the relevance, coherence and effectiveness of the Blue Planet Fund since it was established in 2021, including how well it is responding to the needs of developing countries in line with the UK’s wider objectives on international climate finance. We will do this by examining its policies, strategies, frameworks and coordination mechanisms, as well as by conducting interviews with staff across Defra and FCDO and focusing on two country case studies, Fiji and Mozambique.

Review questions

  1. How relevant is the Blue Planet Fund to developing country needs as part of meeting the UK’s international climate finance objectives?
  2. How coherent and coordinated is the Fund within and across the two departments (Defra and FCDO)?
  3. Are the systems, controls and procedures of the Blue Planet Fund adequate to ensure effective and efficient programming and good value for money?


Approach publication

25 September 2023

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published November 2023

Government response

Published January 2024

Further scrutiny

To be confirmed