Scotland Leads Global Action for Nature

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International Support for Edinburgh Declaration

Over 280 governments, cities and local authorities across the world now support an ambitious Scottish Government-led international plan for nature – and it is hoped more will sign up at COP27.

The Edinburgh Declaration is a shared agreement to protect and preserve global biodiversity and has recently been signed by the State of Jalisco, Mexico, the city of Quebec, Canada, and the City of Sydney, Australia.

It calls for strong, transformative action at all levels to halt biodiversity loss across the globe, and will be presented at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Canada this December.

On Biodiversity Day at COP27, Environment Minister Mairi McAllan is taking part in a panel with some of Scotland’s Edinburgh Declaration partners to showcase its success and discuss how the plans can be replicated on a wider scale.

– Graeme 

Scotland’s world-leading status where climate action is concerned is being highlighted today, as sub-state level governments around the globe sign up to the Edinburgh Declaration.

The changes needed the world over require efforts at all levels of government, and it is very encouraging to see this Scotland-led plan gain support.

Other unfolding international challenges only add additional motivations for ensuring our collective just transition to a net zero world.

The climate crisis has not gone away, and action to address it will also serve to address the likes of energy insecurity and food shortages.

– Environment Minister Mairi McAllan

We have reached a crucial moment with the current COP27 negotiations, and COP15 approaching next month. We must make sure that the climate and nature crises remain high on the global agenda, and are recognised as part of the answer to many of the world’s challenges.

Scotland believes that all levels of government – in particular where responsibilities are devolved as is the case for Scotland – have a central part to play to deliver the transformative actions needed to halt biodiversity loss across the coming decades.

The Edinburgh Declaration is our call to state parties to hear the voices of over 280 signatories at COP15 in Montreal next month.  We need them to take stronger actions and make bolder decisions across the coming decade.

In Scotland we will shortly publish a new biodiversity strategy – underpinned by statutory nature recovery targets – which will set out our vision to stop biodiversity loss and protect, restore and regenerate nature.

– Secretary General at Regions4, Natalia Uribe

Both Climate COP27 and Biodiversity COP15 are unique opportunities for subnational governments to show the world that they play a critical part in stopping biodiversity loss.

The Edinburgh Process success and its Declaration invite us to continue to look for inspiration at the subnational level of government on how to bridge the two Conventions and moreover, how to implement the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.


Edinburgh Declaration on post-2020 global biodiversity framework – (