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Motion ref. S6M-04799

Scotland’s National Parks

Submitted by: Lorna Slater, Lothian, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Monday, June 6, 2022

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Kate Forbes, Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Màiri McAllan, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Motions as amended

That the Parliament recognises the key role that national parks are playing in tackling the twin biodiversity and climate crises, and the important cultural, social and economic benefits that they bring to Scotland; welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Government that at least one new national park will be designated during the current parliamentary session; understands the need for an open and transparent evaluation process to identify the areas to be progressed to national park designation; welcomes the start of stakeholder engagement to set the criteria for identifying the areas to be designated as new national parks; notes that there are over 3,500 national parks across the world; regrets that there have been just two national parks created in Scotland, the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, in 2002, and the Cairngorms National Park, in 2003, since the Parliament passed the National Parks (Scotland) Act in 2000; praises the work of the Scottish Campaign for National Parks, which identified at least seven further potential sites in 2013, as well as community groups in Galloway and the Borders, and elsewhere, which continue to demonstrate clear demand for new national parks; recognises that, in addition to the designation of new national parks, it is vital that the national scenic areas and regional parks are reinvigorated to help tackle the climate, nature and biodiversity emergencies, and believes that the Scottish Government must pave the way for the opening of a number of new national parks across Scotland.


Original motion text

That the Parliament recognises the key role that national parks are playing in tackling the twin biodiversity and climate crises, and the important cultural, social and economic benefits that they bring to Scotland; welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Government that at least one new national park will be designated during the current parliamentary session; understands the need for an open and transparent evaluation process to identify the areas to be progressed to national park designation, and welcomes the start of stakeholder engagement to set the criteria for identifying the areas to be designated as new national parks.


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-04799.1

Scotland’s National Parks - Amendment

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Monday, June 6, 2022

Supported by: Douglas Lumsden
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Result 50 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 13 no vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-04799.2

Scotland’s National Parks - Amendment

Submitted by: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Monday, June 6, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, June 7, 2022