CSGN Case Studies Round Up

Over the past year we have profiled nine projects and initiatives taking place throughout the CSGN area and completed an additional ten green business case studies. These have been well received with over 2000 individual downloads from our website.

As we approach the end of 2013, we thought we’d take a few moments to find out what’s been happening to some of the projects and initiatives since their respective case studies were completed.

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SRDP 2014 -2020 Consultation

The consultation on Scotland’s Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is now underway. The document sets out the Scottish Government’s final proposals on how it expects to use the European and domestic funds accessed through the SRDP, and how this will be aligned with other EU funds. This includes an outline of the schemes it proposes to run and an indication of the budget allocations for various priorities. The closing date for responses is 28 February 2014 and we would encourage all CSGN partners and delivery bodies/agents to put in a submission, especially in respect of sections 9, 10 and 14.

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Launch of Scottish Soils Website

CSGN - Launch Scottish Soils Website

A website, which brings together information on one of Scotland's most valuable natural assets, has now gone live. The Scotland's Soils website will provide land managers, public bodies, the scientific community and members of the public with online access to decades of data relating to our soils for the first time.Soils are recognised as an extremely important national resource, literally underpinning our economy. Scotland relies on the quality of its soil to ensure success; from the crops we grow, to our stunning natural landscapes and the high standard of water quality we enjoy.

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Lothians & Fife Green Networks in Planning Policy

CSGN Lothians and Fife Planning Policy

Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership have published a topic paper on "Green Networks in Planning Policy and Management". This paper reviews how green networks will be delivered across the Lothians & Fife within the context of Scottish planning policy and highlights the challenges in delivering green networks through development planning and management. This paper is based on discussions held during a workshop session during the Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership meeting February 2013. 

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Briefing on Urban Green Infrastructure

CSGN Research Urban Green Infrastructure

A House of Commons Research Paper was published in November about Urban Green Infrastructure. Urban green infrastructure is a network of green spaces, water and other natural features within urban areas. A green infrastructure approach uses natural processes to deliver multiple functions, such as reducing the risk of flooding and cooling high urban temperatures. This POSTnote summarises research evidence of the effectiveness of green infrastructure, and challenges to its implementation.

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Funding Round-up

CSGN Funding

Many thanks to Paul Sizeland at Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership for sending us this excellent round-up of useful grant sources for environmental / biodiversity related activities. Some of these opportunities have deadlines very soon, good luck with your applications.

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Inverclyde Council Signs Green Network Concordat

Local communities in Inverclyde will benefit from a unique agreement between the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and Inverclyde Council, which will help to improve the social, physical, cultural and environmental well-being of the area.

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