The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity
The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity - an ambitious strategy to protect and restore Scotland's biodiversity was launched on 19th June 2013 by Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse at the Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth.
The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity is a supplement to the original Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, Scotland's Biodiversity: It's in Your Hands , published by the Scottish Government in May 2004. Together they comprise the current Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.
The three-year reporting cycles for the strategy will ensure that progress is recorded and necessary action taken. The Scottish Biodiversity List (2004) will be categorised to help clarify which species and habitats require priority action.
A structure of working groups leads delivery of each main strand in the 2020 Challenge. Details of all these groups can be found in Scottish Biodiversity Governance.
A strategy for 2020
The Strategy was refreshed in light of international agreements signed in Nagoya, Japan in 2010 and the publication of the European Union's Biodiversity Strategy in May 2011.
The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity highlights the need to protect biodiversity for both its own sake but also because of the benefits the environment gives us such as:
- Contributing over £21.5 billion to the Scottish economy.
- Insect pollination services in Scotland valued at £43m per year.
The 2020 Challenge is clear that landscape scale (ecosystem approach) conservation is required, with many more organisations, government departments and businesses being involved. A focusing of effort on the drivers of biodiversity loss such as climate change, invasive non-native species, habitat fragmentation and diffuse pollution will enable Scotland to meet the 2020 Challenge.
The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity provides a focus for action towards 2020.
To assist delivery of action:
- Scotland's Biodiversity - A Route Map to 2020, launched in 2015, sets out six 'Big Steps for nature and a number of priority projects.
- A series of Biodiversity Delivery Agreements is being developed by a range of organisations around Scotland to capture the action they are taking to tackle decline in biodiversity.
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