Scotland’s natural environment restoration projects go online for £12.5m share

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A Capercaillie in the Scottish Highlands
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PROJECTS to restore Scotland’s natural environment are to receive £12.5million in funding in 2022-23, the Scottish Government has announced.

Grants of up to £250,000 will be awarded to projects that aim to help the recovery of species, forests and rivers, as well as work that helps improve the health and well-being of communities.

Previous projects to have benefited from the fund include the Forth Rivers Trust project on the River Almond in West Lothian, which involved a series of restoration works to ameliorate historic issues.

Scottish Government Biodiversity Minister Lorna Slater said: “Scotland’s natural environment is already severely degraded and wildlife is in decline here, as it is around the world. In the face of this crisis, we are stepping up our efforts to protect species and restore nature across Scotland, and working with nations around the world to accelerate global action.

“The Nature Restoration Fund will play an important role in bringing about these positive changes by supporting longer-term, larger-scale projects across Scotland – on land and at sea – that respond to the twin crises. biodiversity loss and climate change. During this parliament, we will invest at least £65 million through the fund, bringing about real change that will benefit people and nature across the country.

“This is part of our wider £500 million investment in Scotland’s natural environment, with funding for the restoration of peatlands, forests and other natural habitats.”

Francesca Osowska, CEO of NatureScot, added: “If we are to secure a ‘net zero, nature positive’ future for Scotland, we must act now to undo the damage done to our lands and seas by decades of degradation. . Through the Nature Restoration Fund, we can support vital work to address the biodiversity and climate crisis by putting Scotland’s species, forests, rivers and seas back on the path to recovery.

“This is Scotland’s largest ever nature fund and a vital opportunity to take positive action now and halt the loss of nature.”

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