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Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is all the different types of animals, plants and organisms in our natural world. We need our natural world for the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink - but it is in danger, which means we are too.

In 2021 Kunming, China will host COP15 in a global effort to protect the natural world and end biodiversity loss.

The Road to COP15

Climate change and biodiversity loss are the biggest challenges we face. We’ll be exploring the transformation that is required across all sectors of our economy and society in our event series The Road to COP15, a partnership between the Scottish Government, NatureScot, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and RSBP Scotland.

The first in our series of events ‘The Edinburgh Declaration and whole of Scotland approach to biodiversity is detailed below.

Species on the Edge - a great yellow bumblebee

How can you get involved?

We are looking to showcase work undertaken on nature and biodiversity in the run-up to COP15 and COP26 in ways that everyone can get involved.

Take a look at our event planner for events you can attend (coming soon).

The Edinburgh Declaration and whole of Scotland approach to biodiversity

NatureScot is supporting the Scottish Government who is leading the 'Edinburgh Process' of consultation with sub-national governments, including regional, city and local authorities on their role in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and targets which will be agreed at the Conference of Parties meeting COP15 in Kumming, China.

The Edinburgh Process seeks to collectively influence the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and ensure inclusion of all levels of government in the planning, reporting and implementation phases.

Read more: Global biodiversity framework: Edinburgh Process and Scottish biodiversity strategy post-2020: statement of intent

The Edinburgh Declaration and whole of Scotland approach to biodiversity webinar

The webinar (held on 24th June 2021) includes presentations explaining the importance of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for and throughout government. The diverse range of talks highlights why it is important for Scotland to engage at each level, be it subnational, local authority, community or NGO.

Webinar programme

  • Introduction to webinar (Chair: Cate Turton, Deputy Director of Natural Resources Division, Scottish Government)  – Background to post-2020 global biodiversity framework and relevance to Scottish Government policy landscape.
  • Introduction Edinburgh Declaration and Subnational Plan of Action and speakers (Moderator: Lisa McCann, Head of Biodiversity Unit, Scottish Government).
  • Panel Presentations: Examples of vertical integration and the benefits that brings to Scotland and global working.
  • The links between national and local government levels and inclusivity - Francesca Osowska, Chief Executive, NatureScot.
  • The benefits of acting both locally and internationally - Leonie Alexander, Urban Biodiversity Project Officer RBGE - scientific, cultural, community, health and wellbeing and how this promotes inclusivity.
  • Local Government actions for biodiversity - Julie Dewar, Biodiversity Officer, Edinburgh City Council – Biodiversity action from a local authority point of view.
  • The non-government perspective - Paul Walton, SE LINK - Showcasing examples of inclusivity.
  • The Edinburgh Process and Scottish Biodiversity Strategy - Matthew Bird, Biodiversity Team Leader Scottish Government – Edinburgh Process in the context of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, and wider aspects of Marine/Climate/Environment policy.
  • International Perspective - Renata Gomez, Regions4 Sustainable Development - International aspects of the Edinburgh Process.