The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy lays out the Government’s ambition to halt overall loss of Scotland’s biodiversity by 2020, support healthy well-functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, with more and better places for nature for the benefit of wildlife and people.
The Route Map 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.
On the 28th September the first progress report on the Route Map to 2020 and its ambitious programme of 14 targets and 12 priority projects, underpinned by 79 actions was launched.
The report indicates very good progress has been made. In this first year, nearly three quarters of the exciting range of actions at the heart of the Route Map are either on-track or – as with restoring peatland and protecting special places. - have exceeded the aim of the action. Work focusing on restoring pearl mussels, wild cats, red squirrels, golden eagles and other key aspects of Scotland’s wild life are making good progress.
A range of activity is also providing lots of opportunities for people to get close to nature and involved in its care. Specific actions around outdoor learning are helping to support the Scottish Government’s attainment challenge, while work on developing the natural health service is delivering improvements to physical health and mental well-being.