NatureScot calls for immediate action to stem decline in nature


This 12 months COP26 focussed the world’s consideration on Glasgow and the dual challenges of nature loss and local weather change. Undoubtedly these are large challenges – in Scotland alone we’ve got seen a 24% lower in species abundance since 1994, with 11% of species dealing with extinction. Meanwhile, we all know that the way in which we use and handle land in Scotland contributes greater than 30% to our carbon emissions.

Against this backdrop, our priorities for 2022 and past are clear – we should act to cease the decline in nature as rapidly as attainable. It was heartening to see robust assist for what we name nature-based options to local weather change at COP26. We have to remodel the way in which we use land and sea if we’re to hit internet zero by 2045. This means working with companions to considerably choose up the tempo on programmes like peatland restoration, woodland planting and bettering city areas and our countryside.

Farmers and crofters have a vital function to play as farming and nature are strongly interlinked, and land administration practices might help preserve our biodiversity. As we glance forward to 2022 there are grounds for optimism. Spring will see COP15 – nature’s COP – get underway in China, with worldwide leaders assembly to set out a method to reverse nature loss and drive development. This shall be adopted at house by the brand new Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and subsequent Natural Environment Bill. Together these will body action to reverse biodiversity loss in Scotland and set statutory targets to restore and defend nature. Nature restoration is a nationwide endeavour – we expect Scotland’s most essential – and dealing collectively we are able to meet the challenges forward.