Nature Restoration Fund hits £30m milestone for Scotland

Biodiversity Minister Lorna Slater explains how Scottish Greens are delivering for environment.

Scottish Green Minister Lorna Slater has revealed some 150 projects across the country have already shared in £30m of investment allocated from the Scottish Government's Nature Restoration Fund. 

Coastal areas, marine habitats, and work on invasive species, habitat and species restoration and crucially, on health and well-being of local communities, have all benefited from the fund. 

It was established during COP26 in Glasgow.

Scotland's existing two National Parks have also receieved support, alongside projects across all 32 of Scotland's council areas. 

Ms Slater said: "We’ve already invested £30 million in projects large and small to protect and enhance our rivers, land and seas. 

"This is making an important contribution to the goals established in Scotland’s new Biodiversity Strategy to be nature positive and to reverse the declines in nature."

She said work on a five year Delivery Plan on how to implement the Scottish Government's Biodiversity plan was also continuing, with a consultation underway. 

Ms Slater added: "Biodiversity can help mitigate against flooding, improve access to greenspace in our urban areas: it is our best chance to adapt to climate change and ensure a legacy for future generations.”

A Scottish Government statement on the achievments of the fund can be viewed at this link. Further details of funded projects can be viewed at the NatureScot website