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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09069: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide funding to enable the North West Highland Geopark to retain its UNESCO Geopark status.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 9 May 2017

Since 2013, the Scottish Government has awarded £248,000 to the North West Highlands Geopark and practical advice on business planning has been provided by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

This support was provided to assist the Geopark to develop a business plan as a basis for generating core funding on a sustainable basis. The award of funding for 2015-16 indicated that it was the final year of Scottish Government temporary support. Government is not in a position to continue core funding for the Geopark. We hope that the Geopark will continue to work with partners and UNESCO while it pursues other funding sources.