Enabling investment in tangible, effective marine and coastal restoration projects.
SMEEF is an innovative approach to funding projects in the marine and coastal environment. The fund will enable users benefiting from marine ecosystem services to voluntarily re-invest in the health and biodiversity of our seas.
SMEEF will fund projects aiming to recover, restore or enhance the health of marine and coastal habitats and species from Shetland to the Borders.
SMEEF intends to be an effective long-running, funding mechanism that will:
The Fund will contribute to a just transition to net zero through grant aided projects that enhance the marine ecosystem services we all rely upon including:
Through private investment
Science led grant programmes
Enabling industry to play their part
Overcoming barriers and supporting impactful projects
Many communities, business and individuals are involved in marine restoration across Scotland. The selection of projects on this map have been funded by a range of donors, including the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund in 2021/22. Click on the pins for a short description and be inspired by the range of exciting projects which are happening around our coastline and in our seas. As SMEEF funded projects get underway, they will be added to this map.