Date lodged: 12 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Scottish Natural Heritage regarding protected areas and any potential changes to site condition monitoring.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 31 May 2017
There are no plans to change site condition monitoring.
The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Protected Areas Working Group (whose membership includes the Scottish Government, Forestry Commission Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage) is considering the wider role that protected areas could play in contributing to the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy. There also is a UK-wide review of Common Standards Monitoring, which aims to refresh and update the rationale for protected areas monitoring.