The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod, launched the Scottish Government’s new biodiversity route map at a Grow Wild Scotland community action day. Scotland’s Biodiversity – A Route Map to 2020 will set out the priority work needed to meet the international Aichi Targets for biodiversity and improve the state of nature in Scotland.

Speaking at the Grow Wild site in Easterhouse, Dr McLeod said:

“Our awareness of the importance, value and fragility of nature is growing year on year. Through an impressive body of evidence, we are building up a clearer picture of what needs to be done to care for and restore biodiversity.

“The Route Map, published today, sets out six ‘Big Steps for Nature’ and a number of priority projects that focus on collaborative work, which the Scottish Government and a range of partners are committed to taking forward to help deliver the 2020 Challenge.

“Many of our habitats and wildlife are internationally important. Scotland’s peatlands, mountain landscapes, coastal cliffs and seas, machair and diversity of woodland ecosystems are exceptional by European standards. These support a fantastic range of species, as well as being key assets for public health and wellbeing. We want to improve the state of nature across Scotland and to ensure more people draw on its many benefits.”

The Six Big Steps for Nature are:

  • Ecosystem restoration – to reverse historical losses of habitats and ecosystems, to meet the Aichi target of restoring 15 per cent of degraded ecosystems.
  • Investment in natural capital – to ensure the benefits that nature provides are better understood and appreciated, leading to better management of our renewable and non-renewable natural assets.
  • Quality greenspace for health and education benefits – to ensure that the majority of people derive increased benefits from contact with nature where they live and work.
  • Conserving wildlife in Scotland – to secure the future of priority habitats and species.
  • Sustainable management of land and freshwater – to ensure that environmental, social and economic elements are well balanced.
  • Sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems – to secure a healthy balance between environmental, social and economic elements.

Download the full document from the Scottish Government’s website.

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