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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19247: Carson, Finlay (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve its performance against the 13 indicators in relation to its 2020 Aichi biodiversity target on which progress is reported as "insufficient" or "moving away from target", and what additional resources it is providing to (a) Scottish Natural Heritage and (b) other delivery partners to support this. 

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 23 October 2018

The Scottish Government has asked Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to undertake an analysis of further actions that may be required, in addition to work which SNH is coordinating under the 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity and the associated Route Map, to help Scotland progress the Aichi targets. This analysis will include discussion with partners in the public, private and third sectors who are contributing to delivering Scotland’s biodiversity strategy.

In the recently published Programme for Government, the Scottish Government announced a Biodiversity Challenge Fund of up to £2 million which will contribute to the progress of the Aichi targets in Scotland. Details of the Challenge Fund will be announced in due course.