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09 May, 2019

International biodiversity conference announced

International biodiversity conference announced: Peacock butterfly

Scotland’s nature agency SNH has welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirming that Scotland will host a UN-backed international nature conference in Spring 2020.

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity issued a report earlier this week on the state of nature globally.

Chief Executive Francesca Osowska said: 

“This international event marks a key milestone in defining the effort needed to sustain nature in the face of climate change and other pressures. Smaller countries can have a big impact when they take bold steps together – and Scotland is at the forefront through hosting this UN supported conference in Spring 2020.

“We know that decisive action now to protect and restore nature is vital in reversing the loss of biodiversity. It is also clear that enhancing and protecting our nature is part of the solution to the climate emergency. 

“Scotland can be a beacon for the rest of the world through deploying the very best of its science and enterprise.”

Contact information

Vicki Mowat
Job Title
Media relations lead for biodiversity
0131 3162659

Scottish Natural Heritage is Scotland's nature agency. We work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it. So that all nature in Scotland - our key habitats and landscapes, all our green space and our native species - is maintained, enhanced and brings us benefits. It is the job of all of us to achieve a balance in the sensitive management of our natural world in order to maintain and enhance biodiversity. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at

'S e Dualchas Nàdair na h-Alba buidheann nàdair na h-Alba. Tha sinn ag obair airson ar n-àrainneachd nàdarra ann an Alba a thoirt am feabhas agus a h-uile duine a bhrosnachadh gus barrachd cùraim a ghabhail dhi. Gus am bi an nàdar air fad ann an Alba – ar prìomh àrainnean is chruthan-tìre, ar n-àiteachan uaine gu lèir is ar gnèithean dùthchasach - air an gleidheadh, air an leasachadh 's a' toirt bhuannachdan dhuinn. 'S e an dleastanas a th' oirnn uile co-chothrom ann an stiùireadh faiceallach ar saoghail nàdarra a ruighinn airson bith-iomadachd a ghleidheadh 's a leasachadh. Airson an tuilleadh fios, tadhail air an làraich-lìn againn aig no lean air Twitter sinn aig


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