RSPB Scotland, the country’s largest nature conservation charity, today welcome the bold and visionary statement from Scottish Natural Heritage on the urgent need to radically transform the way we use and manage Scotland’s seas and land to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies.
In a speech to the Royal Society of Edinburgh the Chief Executive of SNH, the Scottish Government’s statutory nature conservation advisor, will tonight state that the country urgently needs to adopt transformative management practices for land and sea – to reduce emissions, protect, enhance and restore nature, and help build resilience against the inevitable impacts of global heating.
Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management at RSPB Scotland, said: “It is fantastic to see the boss of the Government’s statutory nature conservation agency stand up as a champion for nature, speaking plainly about the threats facing wildlife and the environment across the planet, and sending out a clarion call to the nation about the urgent action that is required. This is the sort of leadership we need right across the Government.”
“It is absolutely clear that the restoration of nature is essential to combat the climate and biodiversity crises. We now need to see a readjustment of priorities especially across Government and elsewhere to ensure that funding and other decisions about land and marine use are focussed on helping to solve these crises. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made very welcome statements about her Government’s desire to be at the vanguard of meeting the biodiversity and climate emergencies. RSPB Scotland has unrivalled experience in delivering landscape-scale solutions to this emergency, and we are ready to work with SNH and other stakeholders to meet these urgent challenges.”