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Green Infrastructure Fund is open for applications

SNH's Green Infrastructure Fund is now open for applications as part of an ERDF Strategic Intervention to deliver new and improved green infrastructure. The Strategic Intervention forms part of Scotland's programme for European and Structural Investment Funds 2014-2020. It will support a number of strategic Operations with an investment value of approximately £15 million over the duration of the programme.

The Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention will be managed through a competitive Challenge Fund. We are looking for the best proposals which deliver new or improved green infrastructure in our towns and cities, and deliver a wide range of benefits, particularly for disadvantaged communities. The Green Infrastructure Fund is seeking proposals for activities which: 

  • improve nature, biodiversity and ecosystems;
  • address environmental quality, flooding and climate change;
  • involve communities and increase participation;
  • increase place attractiveness and competitiveness;
  • improve health and wellbeing  

Further details can be found in our Blueprint external site , which describes the vision and the high level outcomes we are seeking to achieve through delivery of the Green Infrastructure Fund.

Scottish Pollinator Strategy Consultation

SNH are hosting a public consultation on a strategy to protect Scotland's pollinators and to safeguard the ecological services they provide, especially for food production and the health of our environment. The Strategy is intended to help guide Scottish Government, local government and public bodies. Pollinators cannot, however, be conserved by policy statements or legislation alone, so the strategy also identifies actions for a wider range of participants in the task.

Details of the consultation and how to respond can be found on the SNH website at Scottish Pollinator Strategy Consultation.

A Route Map to 2020

The Route Map external site , launched on the 25th June 2015, sets out six 'Big Steps for Nature' and a number of priority projects that focus on collaborative work, which the Scottish Government and a range of partners are committed to taking forward.  This will help deliver the international Aichi Targets for biodiversity, the 2020 Challenge and improve the state of nature in Scotland. 

Route Map to 2020 - monitoring.

The first report on progress of all the partnership projects and collaborative working under the Six Big Steps for Nature has been collated by SNH for Scottish Government. A variety of partners have been involved in the delivery of these steps and include SEPA, FCS, the National Parks and many of the key environmental NGOs. This is part of a biannual reporting process which started in November. The report highlights that we have started really well with three actions already completed. They are:

  • Peatland restoration ongoing on 5,500 ha through 107 agreements with land owners
  • Publishing a National Peatland Plan
  • Ensuring at least 18% of land and freshwater is designated.

Other notable highlights from the report include:

  • Presenting the Natural Capital Asset Index to the World Forum on Natural Capital in November
  • Launch of the Outdoor Learning Directory for teachers
  • National Forest Estates undertaking INNS control in native woodlands
  • Launch of the Environmental Cooperation Action Fund
  • Five estates joining the 'Heads up for Hen Harriers' project.

The second report will be finalised in September 2016 and will report on a full year's review of these actions and priority projects, but also considers this against the agreed targets both in the Route map and the Aichi commitments

Full details of the Route Map to 2020 can be found at SNH and Biodiversity

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