Date lodged: 24 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage public bodies to comply with the biodiversity duty in the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 20 August 2018
The Scottish Government reminded public bodies in November 2017 of their biodiversity duty under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (‘the 2004 Act’) and provided Biodiversity Duty Guidance, including reporting templates prepared by Scottish Natural Heritage that are tailored to different types and sizes of body, to help public bodies meet the requirement to report every 3 years on their contribution to the biodiversity duty. The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform will shortly be writing to those public bodies who have not so far provided a report for the period to 1 January 2018, reminding them of the requirements of the 2004 Act and the availability of the guidance and reporting templates.