Today, 1 in 11 species in Scotland is at risk of extinction. Any UK exit from the EU, in the absence of equivalent protections and governance processes, endangers our ability to continue protecting and enhancing our environment at a critical time for nature and climate. LINK believes an Environment (Scotland) Bill is urgently needed to … Read More »
LINK submission to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee inquiry on external affairs
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee’s external affairs inquiry which will look at how Scotland is and should be engaging with the European Union (EU) and the rest of the world. Our full submission is available here.
This briefing sets out why the UK’s exit from the EU would require the creation of an Environment Watchdog to ensure the proper enforcement of environmental legislation in Scotland. The Scottish Government has made welcome and progressive commitments to protect our environment, but to live up this ambition we need the support of strong institutions. … Read More »
On 13 June, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion submitted by Gillian Martin MSP on World Environment Day 2019. The debate will take place at 12.45, right after First Minister’s Questions. LINK has produced a briefing ahead of the debate, which is available here.
Scottish Environment LINK members welcome the Committee’s decision to seek further evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations at its meeting on 30 April. We understand that discussions will focus on: Environmental risks associated with exit, especially in the … Read More »
On 27 March, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion on revoking article 50. In advance of this, members of Scottish Environment LINK wish to highlight the risks of a No Deal Brexit for our environment. LINK members believe that a No Deal scenario needs to be averted. The full briefing is available here.
Scottish Environment LINK members welcome the effort to provide certainty through the Scottish statutory instrument (SSI) to the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 to ensure that provisions of the Birds and Habitats Directives continue to be operable in Scotland. However, LINK members wish to highlight the following concerns: 1) Deficient management objectives with respect to … Read More »
LINK members take note of the introduction of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (hereafter the Bill). From an environmental outcomes perspective, we agree with the position of the Scottish Government, that the process of the UK exiting the EU would be most effectively achieved through the European Union (Withdrawal) … Read More »
LINK provided written and oral evidence at Stage 1 of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill. We support regulatory reform that integrates and streamlines regulation while affording environmental protection. A healthy, functioning and well-protected natural environment is an essential prerequisite for a sustainable economy and for the wellbeing of society. However, LINK expressed concern at the … Read More »
LINK is concerned by an economic growth duty for regulators because there is no legal definition of ‘sustainable economic growth’ and therefore no assurance that it aligns with the principles of sustainable development.
LINK written evidence to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee covering planning; regeneration; local government, sustainability and Scotland’s environment.
Written evidence from Scottish Environment LINK to the Scottish Parlaiment’s Europe and External Relations Committee. WE believe that transpositions should be fit for purpose, reflect agreed national policy priorities and seek to be consistent with existing legislation wherever possible. LINK recommends that Government and Parliament should work together closely to set up a transparent, stakeholder-accessible … Read More »
Strategic Environmental Assessment is a tool for factoring in environmental consideration at the beginning of the decision making process. Enshrining SEA in primary legislation, fit for Scotland, is a significant step towards factoring the environment into decision making. The introduction and application of Strategic Environmental Assessment should help us avoid many long-term costs of having … Read More »
There is one issue on which we would seek clarification from the Executive. Clause 34(2)(a) appears to us to be drafted somewhat ambiguously; this clause should reflect the current practice of JNCC and the individual nature conservation bodies, such as SNH. We, therefore, seek assurance from the Executive that, while liaison with JNCC and collective … Read More »
Evidence to the Environment and Rural Development Committee on the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill
LINK welcome this bill as a significant step towards putting the environment at the heart of government and note that it is markedly better than the limited scope for SEA introduced by the Regulations and Directive. In seeking to broaden the application of SEA, we should avoid many of the long-term costs of having to … Read More »