Date lodged: 10 May 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S2W-11985 by Lewis Macdonald on 19 November 2004 regarding Ramsar sites that were not sites of special scientific interest, whether its position has changed and, if so, for what reason.
Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 28 May 2019
The vast majority of Ramsar designated land in Scotland is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and all land within Ramsar sites is designated as a SSSI and/or as a Natura 2000 site (a Special Protection Area and/or a Special Area of Conservation), appropriate to the site. Our policy remains that Ramsar sites are also Natura 2000 sites and/or SSSI sites and are protected under the relevant statutory regimes.