Skip to main content

04 September, 2018

Scottish Natural Heritage responds to 2018 Programme for Government

This afternoon, the Scottish Government released its 2018 Programme for Government, identifying its priorities for the coming year. Scottish Natural Heritage was pleased to see the focus on maintaining and improving Scotland’s natural resources for future generations, and the recognition that a clean environment has a positive effect on physical and mental wellbeing.


SNH Chair Mike Cantlay said: “I welcome today’s Programme for Government.

“As the First Minister has clearly stated, ‘Scotland is a beautiful country and we are blessed with abundant natural resources to rival the best in the world. We recognise that it is our duty to protect and enhance these assets as essential to our economy, culture, way of life and the wellbeing of future generations.’

“The announcement of a new Biodiversity Challenge Fund of up to £2m to aid and improve habitats for our key species and encourage, where appropriate, greater access to Scotland’s fabulous nature is a really strong signal and direction of that focus, a focus we all need to place on protecting and enhancing our great outdoors.

“The Scottish Government’s ask of SNH to help lead and co-ordinate the thinking around the shaping of new international biodiversity targets sets our organisation a clear drive and ambition for the coming years, an ambition SNH welcomes and shares.”

Contact information

NatureScot Media
0131 316 2655

NatureScot is Scotland's nature agency. We work to enhance our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it. Our priority is a nature-rich future for Scotland and an effective response to the climate emergency. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at

’S e NatureScot buidheann nàdair na h-Alba. Bidh sinn a’ neartachadh àrainneachd na h-Alba agus a’ brosnachadh dhaoine gu barrachd suim a chur ann an nàdar. Tha e mar phrìomhachas againn gum bi nàdar na h-Alba beairteach agus gun dèilig sinn gu h-èifeachdach le èiginn na gnàth-shìde. Tha an tuilleadh fiosrachaidh aig no air Twitter aig