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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12001: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 13 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the 2007 assessment recording an “unfavourable/inadequate” status, for what reason its 2013 article 17 habitats regulations report to the EU Commission assessed the mountain hare population as “favourable”, and whether it will provide a breakdown of the (a) criteria it used and (b) evidence it received.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 November 2017

Information (including data sources) on the assessment of conservation status for mountain hare in the second UK report to the European Commission under Article 17 of the EU Habitats Directive is published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and can be accessed via the following web link: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/Article17/FCS2007-S1334-audit-Final.pdf

Information (including data sources) on the assessment of conservation status for mountain hare in the third UK report to the European Commission under Article 17 of the EU Habitats Directive is published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and can be accessed via the following web link: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/Article17Consult_20131010/S1334_UK.pdf

Information on the criteria used for the second and third reports is also published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and can be accessed via the following web links respectively: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-4096 http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/A17_2013_UKApproach.pdf