On 10 January, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing on Future Rural Policy and Support in Scotland. In advance of this, Scottish Environment LINK members have set out their views for a new, comprehensive and forward-looking process for developing future rural policy and support in Scotland. … Read More »
On 26 September 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy proposed holding a debate in the Scottish Parliament to establish the principles that will underpin Scotland’s future farm policy. Scottish Environment LINK welcomes this intention and proposes ten principles that should underpin future policy and funding development.
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the publication of this report as a contribution to the ongoing debate around the future of rural payments in Scotland. We also welcome the call for a ‘civic conversation’ and have expressed our willingness to participate in such a conversation from the outset of this process. The full document can be … Read More »
The Future of Scottish Agriculture – establishing a new social contract between land managers and Scottish citizens. Farming in Scotland is in a sharp cyclical downturn and short-term targeted support may be needed to keep some farms going. This must also be an opportunity for a proper debate about the future of farming. High standards … Read More »
The Scottish Government has a number of decisions to make on implementation of the recently reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Scotland. The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment is due to announce his decisions to Parliament on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. This briefing summarises Scottish Environment LINK’s views on what must be … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK believes a reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) presents an opportunity to set Scottish agriculture on a more sustainable and progressive path.
Joint Links Agriculture groups briefing for MEPs, circulated 15 October 2012.
Briefing for the Parliamentary debate on the proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy 27th September 2012
LINK supports the proposed move to a so-called ‘regional model of support’; we consider thta it has the potetnial to deliver an uplift in support for High Nature Value farming and crofting systems which, under the current historic model applied in Scotland, are financially disadvantaged.
Scottish Environment LINK give Evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee as they look at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s 2008 report on Scotland’s hills and islands.
LINK gave oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee for their inquiry into the European Union Budget Review. See also our written evidence: Inquiry into the EU Budget Review and EU Budget Reform Inquiry, Additional Evidence
LINK believes that the EU budget must be adapted to tackle emerging policy challenges, many of which have arisen due a failure in applying the principles of sustainable development in a coherent and effective way. The major of impacts of the failure of the sustainability agenda are anthropogenic climate change, degradation of terrestrial and marine … Read More »
Response to the Scottish Parlaiment’s Europe and External Relations Committee inquiry into the EU Budget Review. As a general principle, LINK believes the majority of the EU budget should be targeted at protecting and improving public goods. This will require investment in ‘environmental and social capital’ including initiatives which encourage a shift towards truly sustainable … Read More »