Details of the Scottish Government’s plans to deliver the ‘2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity’ over the next five years were announced today (Thursday) by Minister for the Environment, Aileen McLeod. 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. The Route Map sets out six ‘Big Steps for Nature’ and a number of priority projects that focus on collaborative work.
Following the launch, Scottish Land & Estates said that it is pleased to see that the important delivery role estates and farms play in realising biodiversity improvements is recognised.
Anne Gray, Policy Officer (Environment) said: “The route map will be an important document in determining the methods by which Scotland’s biodiversity targets are met over the next five years.
“We are pleased to see the government recognises that partnership is key in achieving these aims, and we particularly welcome the inclusion of our Wildlife Estates Scotland accreditation. It represents a formal way to identify and reward best practice in managing game and wildlife in a sustainable way and for the benefit of other species. Scottish Land & Estates members also help to deliver other projects highlighted by the Route Map, such as the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project, peatland and native wood restoration, diffuse pollution mitigation and the Wildcat Action Plan. The organisation is also an integral part of the South of Scotland Golden Eagles project, the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime and the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project.
“Land-based businesses understand the importance of halting and reversing the decline of Scotland’s Biodiversity and they are willing partners in a whole range of projects which aim to achieve this.”
Scottish Land & Estates is a member of the Scottish Biodiversity Committee and its sub-committees.
Scotland’s Biodiversity – A Route Map to 2020 is available to read here:- http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0048/00480289.pdf