The relationship between the climate and nature crises has become increasingly clear since the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) global assessment in May 2019 showed unprecedented global declines in nature. The need for increased global action will be the subject of the delayed Biodiversity COP 15 in Montreal, Canada later this year.
The Scottish Government is working with partners to develop a new Scottish Biodiversity Strategy (SBS) that will take account of the outcomes from COP 15 and address the decline in Scotland’s nature. This is open for public consultation until 12 September 2022. However, taking action for nature in Scotland is an immediate priority that must begin in advance of the publication of the new SBS. This round of Nature Restoration Fund is, therefore, a transitional year with priorities still being shaped by the IPBES direct drivers of biodiversity loss. Fund priorities are:
- Habitat and species restoration: Management for enhancement and connectivity
- Freshwater restoration, including restoration of natural flows in rural catchments
- Coastal and marine initiatives which promote restoration, recovery, enhancement or resilience
- Control of invasive non-native species (INNS) impacting on nature
- Urban: Enhancing and connecting nature across, and between, towns and cities.
Climate change makes all factors more significant in impact. All project proposals must demonstrate how the project will help to address climate change and/or its impacts.
Further information on the types of project which will be funded in the over £250,000 round can be found in the ‘Information for Applicants’ document. Specific habitat, species and setting priorities are set out in the ‘Priorities for Action’ document.
To view these key documents and other essential application resources - How to Apply.