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Scotland's biodiversity

Big steps for nature

Scotland has a wealth of wildlife and natural environments that touch all of our lives in different ways. Find out what you can do to protect and celebrate our biodiversity through your work or business or as an individual.

The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is in two parts, the first published in 2004: It's in Your Hands and, the most recent of which is the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity. The Route Map to 2020 sets out the six big steps we must take to meet this ambitious strategy to protect and restore Scotland’s biodiversity.

The strategy aims to:

  • Protect and restore healthy biodiversity on land and in our seas, and to support healthy ecosystems
  • Connect people with the natural world, for either health and well-being and to involve them more in decision making
  • Maximise the benefits for Scotland of a diverse natural environment and the services it provides, contributing to sustainable economic growth.

An ecosystem approach is central to meeting the 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity. Nature provides us with many ecosystem services, though they’re not always obvious to us. Adopting an ecosystem approach can help to secure these benefits for future generations.

Related links

Biodiversity Scotland website

The 2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity

Scotland's Biodiversity: a Route Map to 2020