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Scotland's £bn Challenge for Natural Capital
Episode 112th October 2021 • Thriving Natural Capital • Scotland's Rural College
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We are at the start of a crucial decade of action for nature, and decisions made this year will impact future generations. That’s why we need to make sure these changes are included in important global agreements such as COP26, to lay the foundations for an equitable, nature-positive future with net-zero emissions.

A low carbon, nature rich future can revitalise our economy and take advantage of the exceptional natural capital we have in Scotland and the rest of the UK. The Thriving Natural Capital Challenge Centre is supporting the Scottish Conservation Finance Pioneers network in pushing for policy change top down, and enabling and energising action from the bottom up. We want to develop new mechanisms that can deliver returns for investors, whether they are private businesses, public agencies and communities. 

By securing public and private investment in nature-based solutions via projects like Riverwoods, LENs and focusing on Vacant & Derelict Land discussed in the podcast, we will help Scotland rebuild its natural capital so that future generations have a better world to live and work in. You can find out about more Scottish natural capital projects and how they can be invested in by signing up to the Finance for Nature programme hosted by the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital and the Global Ethical Finance Initiative at COP26 – it will be livestreamed on 4th & 5th November so that you can join in no matter where you are.

The interviewees in the podcast are Andy Griffiths of Nestlé UK, Lucy Filby of SEPA, Deryck Irving of the Green Action Trust, Jo Pike and Bruce Wilson of Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Thanks for the interviews’ support from Ruchir Shah and Rory Sanderson of Scottish Wildlife Trust. Also to Helen Avery of the Green Finance Institute and to John Uttley of NatureScot for their support on the shape of the script for the production. The audio producer was Robin Leeburn of Fairly Media, and we used a short sample of Scottish natural sounds from Inchadney, via

The podcast was funded by NatureScot and produced with the support of SFC, via SRUC UIF funding.

Dr Hannah Rudman wrote and produced the podcast, and is contactable at