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Scottish Biodiversity Strategy: report to Parliament 2017 to 2019

The fifth report detailing progress on the implementation of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, covering the period 2017 to 2019, as required under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

26 Jun 2020
Scottish Biodiversity Strategy: report to Parliament 2017 to 2019

The 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity was published in 2013 to take into account the international Aichi Targets agreed by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010 and the requirements of the European Union Biodiversity Strategy published in 2011. The 2020 Challenge refreshed the previous strategy - Scotland's biodiversity: it’s in your hands (2004) , and both documents together constitute the ‘Scottish Biodiversity Strategy’.

This report begins with an introduction to the background and scope of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy illustrating how it complements the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the EU Biodiversity Strategy, and the UK Biodiversity Framework. This includes a summary of recent findings on the connections between biodiversity and climate change, a short overview of Scotland’s changing biodiversity, and a summary of the three Aims and seven Outcomes of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.

Following this, the report assesses progress in meeting the seven outcomes. Each of these assessments begins with a table listing the key steps set out for that outcome, followed by a summary of key activities addressing the outcome during this reporting period 2017 – 2019. Tables of indicators for monitoring progress are provided, and trends are shown where available. Annex 2 provides a complete list and assessment status of all the indicators.

The report concludes with an outline of preparations for developing a new biodiversity framework post-2020.