An international agreement to ensure that action is taken to protect biodiversity is being supported by the Scottish government. A statement of intent, known as the Edinburgh Declaration, has been agreed between sub-national, regional and local governments across the world calling on the Biodiversity Convention to take bold action. It also calls for greater prominence be given to the role that sub-national governments, cities and local authorities play in delivering a new global framework of targets, due to be agreed next year. The Scottish government said that the Edinburgh Declaration was the result of a year-long collaboration. Scotland’s commitment to host and lead an international workshop moved to an online format over the summer because of the pandemic. Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish environment secretary, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has been an unprecedented global crisis, which has fundamentally changed every aspect of our lives. But the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change have not gone away, far from it, and must be central to our green recovery.”
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A LEADING climate change professor has called for “a halt to major road expansion plans” with funding instead diverted to improve sustainable infrastructure projects such as rural broadband to tackle both the climate emergency and kickstart a green recovery form Covid-19. Edinburgh University professor Dave Reay has also warned that mirroring the path of the 2008 financial crash recovery “will waste money”.
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