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A Consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity

A Consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity

Friday, July 6, 2012

ISBN: 9781780458809

A consultation on Scotland's response to the European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2020 and the ‘Aichi Targets’ set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The document aims to strengthen the connections between the Biodiversity Strategy and the Government's Purpose

Executive Summary

This 2020 Challenge is Scotland’s response to the European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2020 and the ‘Aichi Targets’ set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. These call for a step change in efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity and restore the essential services that a healthy natural environment provides. Rising to this, our 2020 Challenge aims to:

• increase the general level of biodiversity on land and in our seas, and support healthy, well-functioning ecosystems;

• engage people with the natural world, for the health and well-being benefits that this brings, and empower them to have a say in decisions about their environment;

• maximise the benefits for Scotland of a diverse natural environment and the services it provides, contributing to sustainable economic growth.