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MSPs urged to back Rewilding Nation motion - Trees for Life

Capercaillie male displaying, Scotland ©
Capercaillie male displaying, Scotland ©

Momentum grows as first-ever World Rewilding Day held

The Scottish Rewilding Alliance, a coalition of over 20 organisations, is calling on MSPs from all parties to support a parliamentary motion recognising the potential social, economic and environmental benefits of Scotland becoming the world’s first rewilding nation.

The Alliance is highlighting its Rewilding Nation campaign as part of the first-ever World Rewilding Day today (Saturday 20 March) – a global event supported by over 100 organisations worldwide.

The motion in the Scottish Parliament, lodged at Holyrood by SNP MSP Gail Ross, has already been signed by 22 other MSPs – including other SNP MSPs, as well as Labour, the Greens, and Liberal Democrat Members.

“We’re calling on more MSPs to show their support. Members of the public still have time to ask their MSPs to sign this important motion before the 24 March deadline,” said Steve Micklewright, Chief Executive of Trees for Life and the Alliance’s Convenor.

“Less than a month since the campaign’s launch, there’s growing optimism that the next Scottish Government will declare Scotland a rewilding nation ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow later this year. Such an act of leadership and hope in the face of overlapping nature, climate and health crises would be a world first, unless someone beats us to it.”

The Scottish Rewilding Alliance is calling for rewilding of at least 30% of Scotland’s land and sea by 2030. It says this can be achieved by restoring woodlands, moorlands, peatlands, rivers and marine habitats, and without loss of productive agricultural land.

The Alliance says rewilding Scotland’s towns and cities too would ensure everyone has opportunities to reconnect with nature, bringing significant benefits people for health and wellbeing.

Posted on: 22 March 2021

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