Putting nature at the heart of Scotland’s future
What is Strategy 2030?
The Trust’s current five-year plan will be coming to an end in March 2022, and we are in the process of developing the next strategic plan.
With 2030 being an important date by which the world needs to achieve important goals, it made sense for us to set that year as our target too. Strategy 2030 will set out what the Trust aims to achieve over this coming decade, building on what we are already doing to tackle nature’s dramatic decline, with the overarching goal of getting as many people as possible behind the effort to reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030.
The UN has designated 2021 to 2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. 2030 is also the deadline for achieving the 17 globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals – the world’s ‘blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all’. The next decade is going to be a pivotal one for nature and people.
What do we want to see by 2030?
By 2030, we want to see nature’s decline reversed, so that nature and people can thrive alongside each other. At the same time, we want to see the restoration of nature helping to bring climate change under control, by locking up carbon on land and sea, and by increasing our resilience to flooding and other impacts. We also want to see people and communities reconnected to nature, taking action and championing nature’s central role in our lives.
What are the next steps in developing the strategy?
Most of our current efforts continue to focus on protecting wildlife, restoring wider ecosystems, working with partners to develop new solutions together, championing the importance of nature to decision makers, and inspiring people through a host of activities from Wildlife Watch groups to Visitor Centres and much more.
Staff, volunteers, members and partners are all involved in the conversation about how we can build on these foundations to achieve the greatest possible impact in the coming decade. This means breaking down each of our four big goals and agreeing what we will prioritise, as well as how we will measure success. There is a lot of detail that sits at this level, and it is monitored on an ongoing basis.
Council (our board of trustees) will sign off on Strategy 2030 at the beginning of October to allow the staff team time to do the detailed planning necessary for it to start on 1 April 2022. We will be breaking the period between 2022-2030 down into two four-year plans, giving us the ability to look longer term at the same time as the opportunity to assess what’s working best in the first half of the strategy.
Below you can see the latest draft of our big goals, as well as how we plan to achieve them.