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Restoring Nature to Tackle Climate Change

  • Submitted by: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party.
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 November 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-11282
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 30 November 2023

That the Parliament recognises what it sees as the success of the Nature Restoration Fund, which it understands has now granted over £30 million worth of funding to 150 projects across all of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas; understands that the funding is supporting a wide range of nature restoration work, including habitat and species restoration, tackling invasive species, and health and wellbeing projects for local communities; notes that, in the Mid Scotland and Fife region, this includes funding for Argaty Farm to protect water courses and integrate beavers, for Forth Rivers Trust to improve natural flood management and support wading birds, and for the University of St Andrews to restore coastal habitats; recognises that the fund was announced on Nature Day at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021; notes the belief that restoring nature and halting biodiversity loss are key components in tackling the climate crisis; understands that nature will once again be a key theme in the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, and notes the calls for a recommitment to supporting urgent action on the twin nature and climate crises, to ensure that there is a liveable planet for future generations of people in Scotland.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Ross Greer, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Gillian Mackay, Ben Macpherson, Audrey Nicoll, Kevin Stewart, Evelyn Tweed