The First Minister, when launching the Programme for Government was clear that whilst COVID 19 was the most immediate priority, ”we mustn’t forget that the global climate emergency is intensifying, and that too requires our urgent attention”. As we build a green recovery - a recovery that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive - the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss will be central components of a more resilient and inclusive economy.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) global assessment in May 2019 showed unprecedented global declines in nature. The Nature Restoration Fund, like the Biodiversity Challenge Fund, aligns with the IPBES direct drivers or biodiversity loss:
- Land and sea use change
- Direct exploitation of organisms
- Climate change and its impacts
- Invasive non-native species (INNS)
Climate change makes all factors more significant in impact and we are again seeking to support targeted nature-based solutions that help to tackle the climate emergency. 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 can be found in the Priorities for Action document. Specific habitat, species and setting (urban, freshwater and marine) priorities are also set out in the Fund Priorities for Action and Information for Applicants Guidance.
To view these key documents and other essential application resources - How to Apply.