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Expanded funding to restore and protect nature

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£55 million for nature restoration and biodiversity tasks.

Projects that restore nature and deal with the causes of biodiversity loss will profit from a share of no less than £13.5 million yearly by a Scottish Government fund arrange following settlement with the Scottish Green Party.

The Nature Restoration Fund will fund tasks that deal with the biodiversity and local weather disaster by placing Scotland’s species, woodlands, rivers and seas again on the street to restoration.

A Programme for Government dedication, the fund includes a multi-year bundle of no less than £55 million over the subsequent 5 years.

On Nature Day at COP26, the First Minister and Minister Patrick Harvie visited the Seven Lochs challenge in Easterhouse to meet members of local people youth teams and participate in wildflower planting close to a brand new habitat for endangered water voles.

The First Minister stated:

“Today’s funding is our largest ever grant scheme particularly focused at nature restoration, reaffirming our dedication to addressing the dual challenges of biodiversity loss and local weather change. Most importantly, following the UK authorities’s withdrawal from the EU Life scheme, it is going to allow large-scale, multi-year, tasks of the type that are merely not potential with annual grants.

“We have reached a vital juncture for motion – with the internet hosting of COP26 right here in Glasgow and COP15 in Kunming, China subsequent Spring – and we in Scotland are taking part in a number one position. Through our management of the Edinburgh Process we’re working to construct dedication amongst governments world wide to increase the ambition at subsequent yr’s COP15 worldwide biodiversity summit, in keeping with our personal objective to halt the continuing lack of nature by 2030.

“In addition today am delighted to formally endorsed the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature, further embedding Scotland’s place among leading nations with the highest environmental ambition.”

Mr Harvie stated:

“We are part of nature, not other than it. If we will’t help nature then we will’t help humanity. Scotland is dedicated to ramping up nature primarily based options that create a greener, fairer and extra affluent nation for all. 

“This funding will mean new projects going forward across Scotland – on land and at sea – that address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, restore our natural environment and improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.”

Deborah Long, Chief Officer at Scottish Environment LINK, the discussion board for Scotland’s voluntary atmosphere group, stated:

“The Nature Restoration Fund is a hugely important weapon in our fight against nature loss and climate change. By investing in multi-year, multi scale projects, focussed on the species and habitats that need most help, a future for Scotland’s nature, young people and communities across Scotland looks a lot more promising.”

Background

The Nature Restoration Fund helps motion on the bottom to deal with the biodiversity and local weather crises by aiding nature restoration in Scotland’s terrestrial and marine atmosphere, enabling transformative change by large-scale, multi-year, multi-partner tasks. This types a part of the broader dedication to make investments £500 million within the pure financial system over the course of the parliament to help a transformative strategy to defending and restoring Scotland’s biodiversity.

Funding will comprise of no less than £13.5 million for annually of the present Parliament session (£11 million CDEL and £2.5 million RDEL per yr), plus £1 million throughout the Parliament for administrative prices.

Seven Lochs is a partnership challenge which has obtained funding from each the Biodiversity Challenge Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund.