Biodiversity Strategy reporting

Read reports on the progress made in achieving the aims of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.

2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity progress

The 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity requires a three-yearly report to be in laid in Parliament, as stated in the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004. You can read the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy: report to Parliament 2017 to 2019 which was laid in parliament on the 26th of June 2020 and find previous progress reports below:

The 2020 report has been compiled by NatureScot on behalf of the Scottish Government. An agreed set of biodiversity and engagement indicators are used to describe progress resulting from the actions and projects implemented by many agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals across the whole of Scotland’s land and sea.”

Route Map progress

Read the third progress report for the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy: a Route Map to 2020 (the Route Map) and its ambitious programme of action to make Scotland a better place for biodiversity and people by 2020. This third report provides an overview of progress to March 2019 on the 12 Priority Projects and associated 14 targets, and 79 underpinning actions in the Route Map.

Grouped under six ‘Big Steps for Nature’, the Route Map brings together the key work needed to deliver on the 2020 Challenge. Each Big Step for Nature has one or more ambitious targets, which are underpinned by ‘Priority Projects’. These projects are delivered by a wide range of partners through a suite of actions.

This report highlights the small number of actions that are not on track, assesses why they are not on track and suggests remedies.

Aichi Targets progress

In 2021 the 2019 Aichi report was published. 

In September 2016 we developed the Aichi interim report 2016 which covers 13 of the 20 Aichi Targets, and the year after we published an updated Aichi interim report 2017 assessing progress on all 20 internationally agreed Aichi Targets set by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Aichi target 13 highlights the importance of genetic diversity and we have developed a world-first genetic diversity indicator for wild species. Find out more about how we use a scorecard approach for wild species of cultural and socio-economic importance to promote long-term conservation of genetic diversity and address Aichi Biodiversity Target 13.

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