Date lodged: 13 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government when it will issue the Environmental Co-operation Action Fund (ECAF) contracts that were due in July 2016.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 6 February 2017
The Environmental Co-operation Action Fund as originally designed cannot now be taken forward. Applicant organisations are being contacted to inform them of this decision and to encourage them to apply when the scheme is re-launched. Work will be undertaken with a view to revising and re-launching the scheme later this year for contracts to be awarded for expenditure in 2018-19.
It is intended to redeploy the £1.8 million of EU and Scottish Government funding for ECAF for 2017-18 to support restoration of native woodland under the Forestry Grant Scheme of the Scottish Rural Development Programme; Scottish Natural Heritage Projects promoting sustainable management of deer, geese and sea eagles; and the Croft House Grant Scheme.