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Summary

  1. The Social Security Committee takes evidence on the Citizen's Income
  2. Prisoner's privileges, the British Transport Police in Scotland and the GP out-of-hours service are all raised during general questions
  3. Deputy First Minister John Swinney stands in for Nicola Sturgeon during first minister's questions
  4. Tory MSP Adam Tomkins leads this afternoon's member's debate on community jobs in Scotland
  5. The government leads a debate on the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2017
  6. MSPs debate biodiversity

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood night

    That brings Holyrood Live's coverage of the Scottish Parliament to an end on 9 March 2017.

    We'll be back next week.

    Have a good night and a lovely weekend.

  2. The government motion on biodiversity, as amended, is agreed to

    The government motion on biodiversity, as amended, is agreed to.

    All the amendments were passed unanimously.

    Government motion
    Tory amendment
    Labour amendment
    Greens amendment
  3. BreakingThe government's local government finance order is agreed to

    The government amendment on the local government finance order is agreed to with 66 MSPs backing it and with 26 against and with 31 abstentions.

    Government amendment
  4. The Labour motion on the local government settlement is not agreed to

    The Labour motion on the local government settlement is not agreed to with 57 MSPs backing it but 66 against.

    Labour motion
  5. Decision time

    We now move to decision time. 

  6. 'We should all shoulder responsibility' for improving biodiversity

    Scotland's diversity

    Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham says she can confirm that groups are continuing to meet regularly on the 2020 challenge.

    Ms Cunningham says biodiversity contributes significantly to the economy.

    She says some areas are not progressing as quickly as the government would like.

    "We should all shoulder responsibility" for improving biodiversity, she says. 

  7. Minister says she is a champion of all species in her role

    Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham
    Image caption: Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

    Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham says MSPs referred to urban green space.

    Ms Cunningham says it was the Scottish government that introduced the Central Scotland Green Network

    She goes on to say MSPs have mentioned which species they champion and says she is champion of all species in her role.

  8. 'We must be wary of the introduction of new species without thought'

    Tory MSP Peter Chapman says there are less than helpful regulations when it comes to farming. 

    Mr Chapman says "we must be wary of the introduction of new species without thought." 

  9. Tory MSP says there is room in Scotland for another national park

    Tory MSP Peter Chapman
    Image caption: Tory MSP Peter Chapman

    Tory MSP Peter Chapman says there has been a great degree of agreement on biodiversity across the chamber today.

    Mr Chapman says he will focus on land but accepts the importance of our seas.

    He calls for new forestry schemes with accessibility at its core.

    The Tory MSP says there is room in Scotland for another national park. 

  10. Debate has been an opportunity to do a report card on biodiversity says Labour MSP

    Labour MSP David Stewart

    Labour MSP David Stewart says it has been an opportunity to do a report card on biodiversity.

    Mr Stewart says climate change has already has an effect on our native species. 

    The Labour MSP says Scotland's eco-systems have fallen below the point that they meet society's needs.

    He says what happens after Brexit is a key point.

    Mr Stewart says that every Labour MSP is now a species champion. 

  11. 'The world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children'

    Wendell Berry
    Image caption: Wendell Berry
    Quote Message: The world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children." from Wendell Berry An American philosopher, poet, essayist, farmer, novelist and social activist.
    Wendell Berry An American philosopher, poet, essayist, farmer, novelist and social activist.

    Labour MSP David Stewart quotes an American philosopher at the start of his closing speech.

  12. 'A strong marker has been put down in terms of the National Ecological Network'

    Mr Ruskell highlights the importance of the planning system in terms of biodiversity and says it does not get the precedence that it should. 

    The Green MSP says he is glad a strong marker has been put down in terms of the National Ecological Network.

  13. There is a need for due process and strong partnership working says Greens MSP

    Greens MSP Mark Ruskell
    Image caption: Greens MSP Mark Ruskell

    Greens MSP Mark Ruskell says there is a need for due process and strong partnership working.

    Mr Ruskell says communities are getting increasingly involved in the management of parks.

    "That's the good news," he says, pointing out that there are challenges and the quality of parks is going down.

  14. Background: Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity

    An international team of scientists has issued a warning that biodiversity is dropping below safe levels for the support and wellbeing of human societies.

    As a species we are inextricably connected with the processes of our local ecosystems, such as crop pollination, waste decomposition and regulation of the carbon cycle.

    
          The majority of the Earth's land coverage was found to be below safe values of 90% biodiversity
    Image caption: The majority of the Earth's land coverage was found to be below safe values of 90% biodiversity

    These ecosystems depend on the biological diversity within them to function.

    The planetary boundaries framework updated in 2015 states that losing more than 10% of the biodiversity in an area places the local ecosystem at risk.

    A report in  Science  this week states that 58% of the world's land coverage already falls below this safe level. They find that the global average of biodiversity has dropped to 85% of that of unaffected ecosystems.

  15. A national ecological network should be the jewel in the crown of Scotland's infrastructure

    Mr Ruskell says the land use strategy has been pushed to the back of the climate change plan so far.

    The Green MSP says there should be sustainable land use.

    He says SNH are starting the conversation this year about how a national ecological network could look like.

    The Green MSP says this should be the jewel in the crown of Scotland's infrastructure.

  16. 'We need to plan for our green infrastructure'

    Greens MSP Mark Ruskell

    Greens MSP Mark Ruskell says it appears it will be a unanimous vote on biodiversity which is good. 

    Mr Ruskell says the decline in key species is not something that any one government should feel responsible for but putting nature first has never truly taken place. 

    The Greens MSP says "we need to plan for our green infrastructure". 

    He says the land use strategy should underpin this. 

  17. Here is the Scottish Greens amendment.

    Here is the Scottish Greens amendment.

    Greens amendment
  18. Labour MSP praises Scottish Wildlife Trust on bee protection

    Honey bee populations have fallen sharply in recent years
    Image caption: Honey bee populations have fallen sharply in recent years

    Ms Beamish says the Scottish Wildlife Trust is trying to protect bees.

    She says this is an encouraging model that should be adopted across Scotland.

    Scottish Wildlife Trust
    Image caption: Scottish Wildlife Trust
  19. 'The government must raise awareness of biodiversity'

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish

    Labour MSP Claudia Beamish says her amendment highlights the need to embed biodiversity in land decisions.

    Ms Beamish says biodiversity should be embedded to all marine activities and sectors.

    The Labour MSP says 16% of our marine protected areas are now under protection. 

    She says continued monitoring, funding and resourcing is essential. 

    Ms Beamish says "the government must raise awareness of biodiversity" and encourage people to do what they can to help.