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The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity

The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity external site - 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 external site , published by the Scottish Government in May 2004. Together they comprise the current Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.

The three-year reporting cycles external site 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 are being updated.

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.

Delivering action

The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity provides a focus for action towards 2020.

To assist delivery of action:


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