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 »
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 LINK Planning Group has prepared its briefing for the Stage 1 Debate on the Planning (Scotland) Bill taking place on 29 May 2018. The full briefing can be accessed here.
Scottish Environment LINK members have prepared a Stage 1 Briefing on the Planning Bill. This can be accessed here.
Ahead of the Parliamentary debate on a Scottish National Investment Bank on 8 May, LINK members outline their views on establishing a Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB). This is an exciting opportunity to take strides towards a more sustainable economy and a Scotland richer in nature. Our key recommendations for establishing a SNIB that delivers for … Read More »