Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the opportunity to share its views regarding the amendments lodged at Stage 2 of the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill. LINK supports robust action to effectively address the climate and nature emergencies. This means ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also the roll-out of nature-based solutions that … 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.
Ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill taking place on 2 April, LINK members wish to highlight the following points. First and foremost, LINK members welcome the Committee’s support of the recent IPCC findings on limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C and explicit agreement that a net-zero … Read More »
On 27 March, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion on the Climate Emergency. In advance of this LINK members issued a briefing highlighting the need for urgent action to tackle climate change. For this to be effective, action should focus on: Achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible Ensuring there is … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK and WWF Scotland’s recently published report ‘Scotland’s Nature on Red Alert: Climate change impacts on biodiversity’ highlights climate change pressures and the impact those pressures are having on Scotland’s biodiversity. LINK’s parliamentary briefing summarises the report’s findings and recommends a set of clear policy actions to reverse the impacts of climate change … Read More »
Briefings prepared for MSPs and MSP Species Champions on the potential impact of Climate Change on Scotland’s Terrestrial Species. There is strong evidence that climate change is affecting UK biodiversity and impacts are expected to grow as the magnitude of climate change increases. The upcoming Scottish Climate Bill is an opportunity to set strong targets … Read More »
Briefings prepared for MSPs and MSP Species Champions on the potential impact of Climate Change on Scotland’s Marine Species. There is strong evidence that climate change is affecting UK biodiversity and impacts are expected to grow as the magnitude of climate change increases. The upcoming Scottish Climate Bill is an opportunity to set strong targets … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the debate on Earth Hour on the 28th March 2018 and urges all Species Champion MSPs to use this opportunity to stand up for their species and call for action to address climate change impacts on biodiversity in Scotland. As highlighted by WWF’s Earth Hour, nearly 1 in 6 species are … Read More »
Environment Links UK Briefing, November 2017.
LINK’s Wildlife Forum briefing to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy in Scotland 2015
This Parliamentary Briefing from Buglife is for Mary Scanlon MSP’s Member’s Debate S4M-06401 on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel. Mary Scanlon MSP is the Species Champion for the Freshwater Pearl Mussel which is one of the most critically endangered molluscs in the world.
This is a Parliamentary Briefing from the RSPB for Mary Scanlon MSP’s Member’s Debate S4M-06401 on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel. Mary Scanlon MSP is the Species Champion for the Freshwater Pearl Mussel.
The problem with biodiversity as LINK sees it, is that biodiversity has no champions in the Scottish Government. As a result, other efforts to conserve and enhance biodiversity by policies outside of ‘mainstream’ conservation action are weak and under-resourced.
Proposed priorities for action for inclusion in the review of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and for completion by 2020.
Members of the LINK Wildlife and Natural Environment taskforce give oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee. Discussions included: Single witness evidence, quarry species, overwintering geese, hares, snaring, issue of invasive non-native species, species licencing and more…
LINK welcomes the opportunities to update the law on wildlife and the natural environment afforded by this bill. We particularly welcome elements such as the provisions on non-native species and on arrangements for Sites of Special Scientific Interest and have some positive suggestions for improvement in these areas. Whilst welcoming parts of the bill, we … Read More »
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 »
The loss of wildlife is not just of importance to scientists and enthusiasts. The loss of genetic diversity, species, and damage to habitats and ecosystems affects us all, in many ways that we are only beginning to understand. It sustains us and contributes to our quality of life by providing places to enjoy, relax in … Read More »
Managing our environment well is integral to successful governance, as a rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage is the cornerstone of a high quality sustainable economy. If done properly, looking after our environment and preserving our natural resources can enhance economic activity. For example, maintaining healthy seas ensures a sustainable fishing industry and enhances … Read More »