Local Partner: Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest
The Scottish rainforest is an exceptional and unique habitat hosting some of the world’s rarest mosses and lichens and consisting of largely isolated pockets of native woodlands found across the west coast of Scotland. This habitat is particularly vulnerable to native species, pollution and climate change. The ASR, of which the Highlands and Islands Environment Foundation is a proud supporter, works to preserve, expand and connect fragmented areas of the rainforest, whilst raising awareness about this largely low-profile ecosystem. An effectively managed, bigger, and well-connected forest should be more resilient to threats and change, and therefore, better able to survive and thrive in the future, thus enhancing long-term economic growth opportunities such as ecotourism.