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Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF)

The newly launched Biodiversity Challenge Fund (BCF) is a competitive fund with a budget of up to £2 million which aims to enable targeted action for priority habitats and species, accelerating efforts that will help Scotland meets its international biodiversity commitments.

Scottish Natural Heritage will invest up to £2 million in projects across Scotland that focus on improving and restoring habitats, creating/enhancing habitats for key species and, where appropriate, encourage increased access to nature.

Action is needed on the following Aichi targets:

  • Habitat loss reduced (Aichi target 5)
  • Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and forestry (Aichi target 7)
  • Invasive species (Aichi target 9)
  • Ecosystems vulnerable to climate change (Aichi target 10)

The fund is for projects that will be implemented during the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years, with projects starting from May 2019. ‘On the ground’ action must be complete by 30 September 2020 to be included in the Aichi target reporting.