Environmental Cooperation Action Fund opens for applications

13 Oct 2015

The new £10 million Environmental Cooperation Action Fund is now open for applications.

The purpose of the Environmental Cooperation Action Fund (ECAF) is to encourage and support landscape-scale environmental projects involving cooperating groups of farmers, foresters and/or other land managers.

The first application round opened on the 6th October and will close on 15 January 2016.

Funding is targeted to deliver the following priorities, which are most effectively addressed at a landscape scale and contribute to meeting Scotland’s targets for biodiversity, climate change and water environment:

  • Habitat and degraded ecosystem restoration
  • Conservation of vulnerable priority species
  • Control of invasive non-native plant species
  • Deer management
  • Catchment management for water quality
  • Physical restoration of water bodies
  • Natural flood management
  • Woodland creation

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead said:

"People who work the land are the custodians of Scotland’s magnificent natural environment. Our country’s stunning landscapes, iconic wildlife and diverse ecosystems are world-renowned and underpin our rural economy.

"This fund will support collaborative projects aimed at increasing biodiversity, improving water quality and managing flooding – measures that will not only protect the environment, but help it thrive and flourish.

"And, with the agriculture and land use sector accounting for a fifth of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, this scheme will also contribute to Scotland’s world-leading climate change targets as part of the greenest Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) we have ever had."

For more information, including how to apply, visit the Scottish Government Rural payments website