Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the previous Scottish Government’s commitment to protect 30% of Scotland’s land for nature by 2030 (known as ‘30 by 30’). Effective delivery of this target will significantly contribute towards tackling the nature and climate emergency. However, these commitments must be delivered in a way that leads to the genuine recovery of nature.
In this briefing, we set out the conditions that LINK believes should be met for land and sea to be effectively protected for nature and counted towards the 30% target. We argue that, in order to contribute to meeting the 30% target, areas should be both protected in the long term and be well managed, and in good or recovering condition.