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 »
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 12th March 2019 Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee took evidence from Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish SPCA on Scottish Government’s Wildlife Crime in Scotland 2017 Annual Report. Scottish Environment LINK notes the publication of the wildlife crime report and comments briefly on the evidence session in the … 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 »
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.
This briefing highlights potential areas for discussion between the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee and the Scottish Land Commission, particularly in terms of the Commission’s work on issues affecting land and the environment and wider sustainability; efforts to support the Land Use Strategy; and concerns regarding the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement. The full … Read More »
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 »
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 »
Last month Scottish Environment LINK was invited to give oral evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee in Westminster on the UK Fisheries Bill. We also submitted written evidence following this session.
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 »