Biodiversity - meeting our '30 by 30' commitment on terrestrial and freshwater sites: consultation

Consultation paper seeking views on legislative proposals which will support the implementation of the '30 by 30' biodiversity commitment, and are potentially to be included within a natural environment Bill.


1. 15/4. Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (

2. Designated through the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

3. Founded on the EU Habitats Directive 1992 and Birds Directive 1979 and implemented through the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (“the Habitats Regulations”) (as amended).

4. Founded on the Ramsar Convention 1971 and implemented through Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 or Habitats Regulations 1994.

5. Tackling the Nature Emergency - Consultation (

6. Official Statistic ‘Condition of Protected Nature Sites 2022’ The Proportion of Scotland's Protected Sites in Favourable Condition 2022 | NatureScot

7. Habitats or species, assemblages or earth-science interests

8. Nature Conservation Orders can also be made in relation to land which is not, and does not form part of, a SSSI but is, in the opinion of Scottish Ministers, of special interest by reason of any of its natural features.



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