The 2012 review of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy was officially launched on 6 July 2012 by the Minister, Stewart Stevenson. It is introduced as ‘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.’ Responses are invited by 26 September 2012.
The 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 to restore the essential services that a healthy natural environment provides. Rising to this, the Scottish Government has launched a consultation on its proposals for Scotland’s 2020 Challenge, which 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.
Written responses are invited by 26 September 2012. There is further detail on the Scottish Government website.