Scottish Government today launched their Programme for Government (PfG), setting out their plans for the coming year. Today’s publication represents a significant shift in narrative from previous PfGs. The plan recognises the scale of the challenge presented by the nature and climate emergencies. This was set out starkly in the IPCC and IPBES reports. However, while the plan sets a positive tone, there is clearly much more to be done and there are some disappointing omissions from the PfG, in particular the absence of a commitment to an Environment Act.
Aedan Smith, RSPB Scotland’s Head of Conservation Policy, said: “We welcome the recognition that biodiversity loss and the climate emergency are intimately bound together. Government have indicated that they plan to write to parliament by the end of this year setting out what more needs to be done and what needs to be done differently to inform a step change to address biodiversity loss. We look forward to working with Government and others to inform this new approach.”