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The Welsh Government is currently accepting proposals to its new £6 million Nature Fund
The Welsh Government is looking for proposals to deliver collaborative action that will benefit the natural environment, communities and local economies.
The Nature Fund has been set up to help tackle the decline in biodiversity across Wales and move to an approach that recognises interdependency with social and economic factors.
The Fund supports wider work by the Welsh Government, including the establishment of a modern statutory framework to deliver a commitment to the joined-up management of Wales' natural resources in a way that improves resilience and drives green growth. It will also be used to invest directly to improve land with low ecological value, for example, by establishing deciduous woodlands and working to increase biological diversity in a way which improves the opportunities available to communities.
The principal focus of the Fund will be investment in the following seven Nature Action Zones:
- Brecon Beacons
- Cambrian Mountains
- Conwy Valley
- Pembrokeshire coast
- South Wales Valleys
- Berwyn and Migneint
- Llŷn Peninsula
There is no set geographical boundary for the Nature Action Zones. The Government envisages the extent of the Zones being informed by the scale and reach of the successful collaborative proposals that are in or impact on the area.
Proposals should deliver collaborative action that will benefit the natural environment, communities and local economies. Partners working in the Nature Action Zone areas, across a range of sectors including the public, private and third sectors are welcome to apply, especially those working in collaboration.
Supported projects will be those with a proposed value in excess of £50,000. There is no limit to the number of proposals submitted by a lead organisation. Each proposal will be assessed on its own merits.
The scheme will focus on funding projects that take forward practical action in each of the seven Nature Action Zones. The key activities are:
- Action to improve river catchments.
- Action on marine ecosystems.
- Action for local environment.
- Action to realise the potential in upland areas.
- Action to stimulate innovation.
Proposals can be submitted between now and 1 November 2014.
The early submission of proposals is encouraged, and proposals will be assessed as they are received.
Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website
Source: Welsh Government, 18/06/2014