Environment

The Scottish Government has announced further events as part of its Big Climate Conversation.

Events have now been scheduled for Perth, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Inverness in August and September 2019.

The Scottish Government is inviting members of the public to a series of event to give their views on how they feel about what Scotland is doing, and what Scotland needs to do, to combat the global issue of climate change. 

Green Villages

The aim of the project is to build pro-ecological attitudes towards the inhabitants of rural areas. It is directed to residents of areas covered by the LEADER programme, especially for people living in single-family houses, people with farms.

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Funding has been confirmed for the first Peatland ACTION project.

The peatland restoration project in the Outer Hebrides aims to improve water quality, tackle climate change and help protect Black Throated Divers and Great Skua.

An initiative has launched to encourage people to help tackle litter at two national nature reserves in the North East.

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund.

The fund will help people and communities take the lead in tackling climate change.​

The Sea Watch Foundation is looking for wildlife enthusiasts across the UK to support this year's National Whale and Dolphin Watch (NWDW).

This year's event is taking place from Saturday 27 July to Sunday 4 August 2019. The citizen science project is now in its eighteenth year and marks the long-lasting collaboration between citizen scientists, wildlife enthusiasts, the general public and researchers.

If you're interested in the bioeconomy you can find a wealth of information on the European Network for Rural Development's (ENRD) Rural Bioeconomy Portal. ​

Do you know a small or medium-sized business in Scotland that deserves special recognition?

​The Scottish Rural Awards 2020 are now open for entries and nominations in a number of categories including a new category: Best Countryside Digital Innovator. The winner of this category will be crowned for successfully championing digital projects and products across the agricultural, rural and tourism sectors in Scotland. 

​The award categories are:

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