19 February 2020

Scottish Labour Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Spokesperson, Claudia Beamish MSP, has today accused the SNP of failing to act in the face of the climate emergency and of endangering Scotland’s biodiversity by presiding over a cut of £302m to Scottish Natural Heritage since they came to power in 2007.

The statistics show that since the SNP assumed office in 2007, Scottish Natural Heritage has faced real terms cumulative loss worth as much as £302m.

Due to these cuts and other factors 11 per cent of species found in Scotland are now threatened with extinction, and the Scottish Government is only on track to meet 7 out of 20 of its international Aichi biodiversity targets this year.

As Scotland leaves the EU, there is a risk that funding for biodiversity projects may be seriously curtailed, but the funding cuts to Scottish Natural show this is not a priority for the SNP.

Commenting, Scottish Labour Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Spokesperson, Claudia Beamish MSP, said:

“The climate emergency is the greatest threat facing humanity and requires swift and drastic action.

“Unfortunately, the SNP, and their proposed budget which has been described by Friends of the Earth as “tinkering around the edges”, would rather underfund Scottish Natural Heritage and risk damaging our precious environment than take the action needed.

“Scottish Labour will push for the SNP government to take appropriate action in the face of the climate and inter-related environment emergencies.

“Nature-based solutions are our natural allies in the climate fightback.

“We owe it to future generations to safeguard Scotland’s biodiversity and take the action needed to protect Scotland’s environment.”
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