Reporting to the SBS Coordination Group are three working groups, each tasked with specific actions and activities. There are also three other groups supporting the delivery of SBS work, but these are not governed by the same process.
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Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Coordination Group
This group oversees the implementation of the SBS and strategic policy.
Habitats and Species Group
The Chair of this group is Dr Chris Ellis, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Its main aims are to:
help NatureScot and the SBS Coordination Group to determine priorities for action for species, habitats and geomorphology that contribute to delivering the 2020 Challenge and the Route Map to 2020
oversee the completion of actions and targets identified in the Route Map to 2020 relating to habitats, species or geomorphology
provide or source expert opinion, when required, on habitats, species and geomorphology in Scotland
support integrating tasks across working groups and promote wider awareness
provide updates to NatureScot and the SBS Coordination Group on progress and any issues arising
Science Support Group
The Chair of this group is Dr John Kerr, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA). Its main aims are to:
promote the use of high-quality natural and social science advice in the delivery and monitoring of the SBS
promote active collaboration and the coordination of biodiversity research, as well as outreach and knowledge exchange
Protected Areas Group. This group focuses on the contribution of protected areas to the delivery of SBS objectives. Following on from the protected areas review, the group is working to improve the contribution of protected areas to SBS delivery by promoting the use of an ecosystem approach in these areas.
The group also oversees the activities of organisations whose goal is to improve the condition of protected areas’ natural features (habitats, species and earth science interests), as measured through Site Condition Monitoring assessments.
Invasive Non-native Species Action Group. This group’s main purpose is to prioritise and coordinate action on non-native species. It identifies species of significant invasive potential requiring prevention work and management. The group works closely with other relevant invasive non-native species working groups in the UK and Ireland. For more information, visit the website of the GB non-native species secretariat.
Marine Conservation Programme Board. This group oversees the marine conservation programme led by Marine Scotland. It focuses particularly on work relating to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and priority marine features. Marine Scotland chairs the Board, which comprises statutory bodies with a marine remit including NatureScot, JNCC, SEPA and HES. The group meets three times a year, with work being delivered through a series of associated working groups (e.g. on MPA management).