Who we are

Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations, with over 35 member bodies representing a range of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society.

What we do

LINK provides a forum for its member bodies facilitating and enabling informed debate, information-sharing, discussion and joint action. LINK assists communication between member bodies, government and its agencies and other sectors within civic society. Acting at local, national and international levels, LINK aims to ensure that the environment is fully recognised in the development of policy and legislation affecting Scotland.

LINK Members’ Congress 27/28 November 2014

Environmental Development: Integrating, Mainstreaming, Raising the Game.
The draft Programme for Members' Congress 2014 is available now.

Ongoing: Scottish Marine Protected Areas

Valuing the Benefits of Designating a Network of Scottish MPAs in Territorial and Offshore Waters
This independent report finds that creating a network of marine protected areas in Scotland could provide benefits of up to £10 billion. LINK Marine Taskforce have also produced a short briefing to highlight our views.

Marine Protected Areas Briefings
Scottish Environment LINK Marine Taskforce is producing a series of briefings, exploring the creation of Scotland's Marine Protected Area network. 
Briefing 1 is MPAs: an Introduction
Briefing 2 is MPAs: the selection process
Briefing 3 is MPAs: ecologically coherent networks
Briefing 4 is MPAs: the economic benefits

NEW: Species Champions short-listed for Nature of Scotland Awards

NOSA_logo_180_tcm9-277787_v1LINK's Species Champion initiative has been short-listed for the RSPB Scotland Nature of Scotland Awards under the category of 'Innovation Award'. We're also delighted to hear that four of our Species Champion MSPs have also been short-listed for Politician of the Year Award: Claire Baker MSP, Claudia Beamish MSP, Mary Scanlon MSP and Willie Rennie MSP. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh on 20th November 2014. Fingers-crossed for everyone! 

LINK's Species Champion initiative which asks MSPs to lend their political support to the protection of Scotland's threatened wildlife now has 69 MSPs championing 87 unique species.

Recent Publications: Hill Tracks Campaign

hill tracksLINK's Hill Track Campaign 'Track Changes' Report and response to Scottish Land and Estate's criticisms

LINK's hill tracks campaign group calls on the Scottish Government to bring to an end the current unregulated system for vehicular track construction which allows landowners to build tracks without any public oversight, and instead to bring their construction into the planning system. more information