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.
LINK is a Scottish charity (No SC000296). and a company limited by guarantee (No SC250899) working to its Memorandum and Articles of Association, its Operating Principles and the LINK Corporate Strategy 2016-2019.
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 coordinated a major public campaign for a Scottish Marine Bill, now enacted. The Act is a unique opportunity to stop the deterioration of Scottish seas and to protect, restore and enhance our marine environment, but only if the measures are well delivered and adequately resourced. The Marine Group is working with the other Links in England, Northern Ireland and Wales to promote effective delivery of marine legislation for all UK seas.
This initiative was funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the John Ellerman Foundation until 2016 and now supported by WWF, 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.