Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations. Its over 35 member bodies represent a wide range of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society. LINK provides a forum for its member bodies enabling informed debate, and assisting co-operation within the voluntary environmental sector. Core activities are 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 was founded in February 1987 in Perth then known as Scottish Wildlife and Countryside LINK. The creation was inspired by several conservation, landscape and recreation bodies getting together seven years earlier to fight the proposal for a development of skiing in the Northern Cairngorms, including Lurcher’s Gully. For more information on the history of LINK see our report – Reflections on the first 20 years of Scottish Environment LINK, by Michael Scott OBE or watch our 10 minute video created in 2018 to capture the spirit of the network marking three decades of collaboration.
LINK works mainly through its six Priority Groups and eight Subgroups, in which members work together on topics of mutual interest. Further information about each group and subgroup can be found via their entries in the “Work Areas” menu.
From 2007, the LINK Marine Group have been working collectively to secure and enforce a Scottish Marine Bill, enacted in 2010, that is a unique opportunity to protect, restore and enhance our marine environment, but only if the measures are well delivered and adequately resourced. The Marine Group coordinated a major public campaign in 2014, rallying support from thousands of people to secure effective management for the first phase of inshore MPAs, resulting in the protection of more than 2,200km2 of inshore waters within MPAs from scallop dredging and prawn trawling, in their #DontTakeTheP campaign.
The Group is also working with the other Links in England, Northern Ireland and Wales to promote effective delivery of marine legislation for all UK seas, whatever the future holds.
This initiative was initially funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the John Ellerman Foundation until 2016, thereafter supported by WWF until 2017 and again by the John Ellerman Foundation from November 2017 onwards. Funding enabling LINK to employ project staff dedicated to focus on the Marine Act’s implementation, including the Save Scottish Seas campaign.
Please also see the LINK Hilltracks Campaign.
Members of LINK work with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a broad coalition representing 1.5 million people, for strong Climate Change legislation in Scotland and the UK.
Members of LINK also work with the broader Scottish Food Coalition, working for a just transition to a better food system.