Species Champion asks Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions.’
This Scottish Environment LINK initiative was first launched in 2013, and by 2016 a parliamentary majority (76 MSPs) championed 94 Scottish species.
Following the elections in May 2016, Species Champions 2020 will be re-launched in the new Scottish Parliament in September. “The work of Species Champions will be particularly vital in ensuring that the Scottish Government delivers on the 2020 Challenge for Scottish Biodiversity.
Some re-elected MSPs are continuing as champions of the same species, and all MSPs are invited to join them. They will learn about their species from expert member organisations of the LINK Wildlife Forum, and about the pressures on their species and its habitat, such as such as habitat loss / fragmentation, the impact of invasive non native species, climate change and pollution. They will work with us, and together, to provide a brighter future for these species, spread that knowledge throughout Scotland’s political community and shape policy to promote and secure biodiversity.
Read more about the work of Species Champions in the last parliament here.