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Protection for Scotland’s nature is set to be urgently scaled up, with 26 priority actions to restore Scotland’s natural environment and halt the loss of biodiversity by 2030.

Projects to restore rivers in the Cairngorms and protect the rainforest in Argyll are among the initiatives that will share £7.6 million through the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund.

This round is focussed on supporting large scale projects, including multi-year projects that run up to 2026.

Today saw the publication of research on how local and regional economic development policies can contribute to reducing child poverty in Scotland.

Islanders most impacted by the cost of living crisis will be able to access additional help. The Islands Cost Crisis Emergency Fund will target immediate support to those who are struggling due to the cost of living crisis, either through existing schemes or new support.

Homeowners can now apply for a standalone grant of £7,500 from the Home Energy Scotland Scheme to install heat pumps. Previously, applicants were required to sign up for a loan before they qualified for this funding, but can now access the money directly.

The new approach is designed to offer greater flexibility for those looking to make their homes more climate-friendly.

Today sees the publication of analysis of a consultation into a proposed Scottish Circular Economy Bill – ‘Delivering Scotland's circular economy: Proposed Circular Economy Bill - Consultation analysis’.

Agriculture, nature and public money - consultation workshop

This workshop is designed to gather views from the people of Scotland. Anyone interested in food, nature, and wellbeing is welcome to attend. You do not have to be an expert in any of these fields to contribute. You can expect a welcoming and inclusive space, and an engaging discussion.

Agriculture, nature and public money - consultation workshop

This workshop is designed to gather views from the people of Scotland. Anyone interested in food, nature, and wellbeing is welcome to attend. You do not have to be an expert in any of these fields to contribute. You can expect a welcoming and inclusive space, and an engaging discussion.

The cost of living crisis is being felt across most households in the country. If you are finding it difficult to cover household costs such as energy bills or paying your rent, make sure you find out what support and advice is available for you and your family.

Mental Wellness & Resilience for the Climate Crisis

Increasing global temperatures are producing big disruptions to the systems people rely on for basic needs, mixed with more frequent, extreme, and prolonged disasters.

New thinking and approaches are needed to address the scale and scope of the traumas racing our way. This involves a public health and community-led approach to enhancing and sustaining mental health and wellbeing at a local level.

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