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14 November, 2023

NatureScot statement on UK Biodiversity Indicators

NatureScot Chair, Professor Colin Galbraith, responds to the latest update (2023) of the UK Biodiversity Indicators, published by JNCC today.

NatureScot Chair, Professor Colin Galbraith said:

“The UK biodiversity indicators report is further evidence that Scotland, like the rest of the United Kingdom, is facing a serious nature emergency. We are seeing long-term declines in the abundance of priority species. This mounting evidence of declines must be a catalyst for urgent action, and Scotland is well placed to respond.

“The Scottish Government’s £65 million Nature Restoration Fund is already supporting more than 150 projects to put nature back on the road to recovery, and the current consultation on the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Delivery Plan is an important chance for all of us to get involved in tackling the nature and climate crises.

“We all have a responsibility to take care of our natural world. Together, we can create the transformational changes needed to halt biodiversity loss by 2030 and to restore Scotland’s nature by 2045.”

Contact information

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Notes to editors

The UK Biodiversity Indicators for 2023 can be found here: 

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