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06 May, 2022

Ambitious green finance initiative to be launched to enhance Scotland’s coasts and seas

An ambitious green initiative will be launched by Scotland’s Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan, with £500,000 initially available to enhance Scotland’s coasts and seas, this coming Wednesday.

Where: Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve. A small car park is located just off the A198 to the east of Aberlady village.

When: Wed 11th May at 9am

For interview: Minister Mairi McAllan; NatureScot's Chief Executive Francesca Osowska; and NatureScot’s Head of Sustainable Coasts & Seas Cathy Tilbrook.

Photo opportunities: Minister Mairi McAllan and NatureScot Chief Executive Francesca Osowska on the Aberlady Bay boardwalk with views of the salt marsh behind.


The Scottish Marine Environmental Enhancement Fund (SMEEF) is a new and exciting green finance mechanism for coastal and marine enhancement and restoration projects in Scotland. The fund accepts voluntary donations from a range of users of the marine environment and allocates competitive grants for practical and research projects.

The fund has received £500,000 from the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund to begin this vital work. Now, NatureScot and partners are asking marine business and industry to contribute to this ongoing green finance initiative to support projects that will help to ensure that our coasts and seas are healthy, productive and rich in nature.

SMEEF has been established by NatureScot, the Scottish Government and Crown Estate Scotland with the support of Scottish environmental groups including Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB Scotland and funding from the offshore wind energy sector.


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A news release and images will be issued Wednesday afternoon.

Contact information

NatureScot Media
0131 316 2655

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