The Scottish Government has announced plans to safeguard the nation’s wildlife and environment, which is estimated to be worth £21.5 billion to the Scottish economy.
Environment Secretary Paul Wheelhouse said:
"Nature can do a huge amount for us all and we, in turn, can do far more for nature. If we lose our wildlife or key habitats, we are poorer in every sense of the word. Recent reports, like the State of Nature report launched by Sir David Attenborough, have highlighted that our species and habitats are under constant threat and that we need to act now."
"Peatland soils of Scotland are estimated to store 10 times more carbon than in all of the UK's trees and we will be undertaking a major programme of peatland conservation, management and restoration to conserve wildlife and improve capacity for storing carbon."
"Clear advice to land managers and support for high nature-value farming and forestry will also help wildlife in the wider countryside and by supporting communities to improve their local environments, we can help biodiversity and improve the quality of life for people across Scotland."
The 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity emphasises the environmental and economic benefits of nature, and aims to:
- To protect and restore biodiversity on land and in our seas, and to support healthier ecosystems
- Connect people with the natural world, for their health and wellbeing and to involve them more in decisions about their environment
- Maximise the benefits for Scotland and of a diverse natural environment and the services it provides, contributing to a sustainable economic growth.
For more information on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity, please visit the Scottish Government website.