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A route map towards unlocking £1 billion of new investment for nature conservation in Scotland has been published by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). This work comes at a critical time as society plans a green recovery from the social and economic upheaval caused by Covid-19, and continues to respond to the urgent climate and ecological emergencies.

Developed in collaboration with a broad coalition of stakeholders and experts over a period of two years, CSGNT is proud to have contributed to this ground-breaking proposal. The route map highlights nine tangible opportunities for investment that would contribute to a green recovery and result in significant benefits for nature, people’s health and wellbeing, and the nation’s economy. Crucially, the route map also includes models which aim to stimulate investment in Scotland’s natural capital by delivering a financial return to investors.

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New Scottish Government figures show that about 1 in 3 people, approximately 1.25 million people, in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area live within 500m of vacant and derelict land.

This proportion rises to 55% for the most disadvantaged communities.

As Scotland’s leading environmental regeneration charity, the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) has long recognised that unlocking the potential of vacant and derelict land (VDL) sites can bring positive change to communities and individuals.

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At CSGNT we are trying to help to reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in line with the guidance from Public Health Scotland. We are still fully operational but are seeking to reduce the exposure of our staff, clients, visitors and the wider public to the risk of infection. Accordingly, the majority of our staff will be working from home and we are aiming to hold meetings virtually through video or teleconferencing wherever this is possible. 

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