Scottish Government to promote "quality greenspace" for health and education

Details of the Scottish Government's plans to improve biodiversity over the next five years have been announced.

Edinburgh park. Image: MorgueFile
Edinburgh park. Image: MorgueFile

Scotland's Biodiversity – A Route Map to 2020 will set out the priority work needed to meet the international Aichi Targets for biodiversity and improve the state of nature in Scotland.

One of the six steps the Route Map steps out is the provision of "quality greenspace for health and education benefits - to ensure that the majority of people derive increased benefits from contact with nature where they live and work".

The other steps focus on restoring ecosystems, conserving wildlife, investing in natural capital and sustainable management.

Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod explained: "Our awareness of the importance, value and fragility of nature is growing year on year. Through an impressive body of evidence, we are building up a clearer picture of what needs to be done to care for and restore biodiversity."

She added: "Many of our habitats and wildlife are internationally important. Scotland's peatlands, mountain landscapes, coastal cliffs and seas, machair and diversity of woodland ecosystems are exceptional by European standards. These support a fantastic range of species, as well as being key assets for public health and wellbeing. We want to improve the state of nature across Scotland and to ensure more people draw on its many benefits."

The Route Map has been developed jointly by Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in collaboration with stakeholders.

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