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Evaluation of the Compliance and Quality of Biodiversity Duty Reports 2015

Published: 27 Oct 2016
Part of:
Environment and climate change, Research
ISBN:
9781786525383

A review of biodiversity duty reporting by public bodies in Scotland.

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Contents
Evaluation of the Compliance and Quality of Biodiversity Duty Reports 2015
Annex 7: Contribution of public body activities to relevant key steps from the biodiversity strategy

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Annex 7: Contribution of public body activities to relevant key steps from the biodiversity strategy

Key step

Number of reports including activities that contribute to this step

Proportion of reports including activities that contribute to this step

(1-1) Encourage and support ecosystem restoration and management, especially in catchments that have experienced the greatest degradation

22

25-50%

(1-2) Use assessments of ecosystem health at a catchment level to determine what needs to be done

34

>50%

(1-3) Government and public bodies, including SNH, SEPA and FCS, will work together towards a shared agenda for action to restore ecosystem health at a catchment-scale across Scotland

39

>50%

(1-4) Establish plans and decisions about land use based on an understanding of ecosystems. Take full account of land use impacts on the ecosystems services that underpin social, economic and environmental health

44

>50%

(3-1) Provide opportunities for everyone to experience and enjoy nature regularly, with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups

32

>50%

(3-2) Support local authorities and communities to improve local environments and enhance biodiversity using green space and green networks, allowing nature to flourish and so enhancing the quality of life for people who live there

35

>50%

(3-3) Build on good practice being developed by the National Health Service ( NHS) and others to help encourage greenspace, green exercise and social prescribing initiatives that will improve health and wellbeing through connecting people with nature

27

25-50%

(3-4) Increase access to nature within and close to schools, and support teachers in developing the role of outdoor learning across the Curriculum for Excellence

34

>50%

(3-5) Encourage public organisations and businesses to review their responsibilities and action for biodiversity, and recognise that increasing their positive contribution to nature and landscapes can help meet their corporate priorities and performance

20

25-50%

(4-1) Ensure that the management of protected places for nature also provides wider public benefits

11

<25%

(4-3) Integrate protected areas policy with action for wider habitats to combat fragmentation and restore key habitats

8

<25%

(4-5) Involve many more people than at present in this work and improve our understanding of the poorly known elements of nature

32

>50%

(5-1) Promote an ecosystem approach to land management that fosters sustainable use of natural resources and puts biodiversity at the heart of land-use planning and decision-making

26

25-50%

(5-2) Ensure that measures taken forward under the Common Agricultural Policy encourage land managers to develop and retain the diversity of wildlife habitats and landscape features

3

<25%

(5-3) Support 'High Nature Value' farming and forestry

18

25-50%

(5-4) Put in place the management necessary to bring Scotland's protected areas into favourable condition and improve the ecological status of water bodies

9

<25%

(5-5) Ensure that biodiversity and ecosystem objectives are fully integrated into flood risk management plans, and restore wetland habitats and woodlands to provide sustainable flood management

8

<25%

(5-6) Restore and extend natural habitats as a means of building reserves of carbon and to help mitigate climate change

9

<25%

(5-7) Provide clear advice to land and water managers on best practice

15

25-50%

(6-4) Achieve good environmental status for Scottish seas

6

<25%

Source: key steps from Scottish Government (2013): 2020 challenge for Scotland's biodiversity
Notes: Total number of reports reviewed: 56


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