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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-24154

Scotland's Potential to be a Rewilding Nation

Submitted by: Gail Ross, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Claire Baker, Claudia Beamish, Sarah Boyack, Neil Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone, James Kelly, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Gordon MacDonald, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Tom Mason, Joan McAlpine, Liam McArthur, Mark McDonald, Pauline McNeill, Gil Paterson, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, David Torrance, Maureen Watt, Sandra White

That the Parliament notes the recent polling which indicates that the public, by a factor of more than 10 to one, supports the concept of rewilding, an approach to large-scale conservation which aims to reintroduce locally extinct species and restore ecosystems; believes that with community support, projects of this sort can bring benefits for climate adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity, wellbeing, and local employment, and recognises that Scotland has the potential to be a rewilding nation, where social, economic and environmental opportunities are available much more widely across the country, including in towns and cities as well as in rural and coastal communities.