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Rural Affairs Committee take evidence on biodiversity strategy

Scottish Land & Estates Head of Policy, Andrew Midgley, took part in a roundtable discussion with the RACCE Committee this week looking at the 2020 challenge for biodiversity and the proposed refresh of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy. Scottish Land & Estates is supportive of the general direction of travel which seeks to adopt an ecosystems approach, but is keen to ensure that land managers are seen as delivery partners and that government and agencies understand the importance of working with and supporting land managers in working towards achieving the target of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2020. Scottish Land & Estates is also keen that the difficulty of achieving the goal is understood in the context of declining public budgets and that as a consequence alternative mechanisms based on the valuation of biodiversity and payments for ecosystem services are explored so that the goal can be achieved without necessarily having to rely on the public purse.

 

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