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 »
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the announcement made by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, that legislation giving European Protected Species status to Eurasian Beavers will come into force on the 1st May 2019. Beavers are a keystone species and are widely regarded as nature’s “ecosystem engineers”. Several environmental benefits are associated with healthy populations of this species, … Read More »
On 13 December, the Scottish Parliament will hold a debate on Human Rights Leadership in response to the recommendations of the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. Scottish Environment LINK members welcomes the Group’s recommendation for a right to a healthy environment and calls on Scottish Parliament to seek reassurances that the taskforce … Read More »
On the Biodiversity Progress to 2020, ECCLR took evidence from stakeholders on the publication of Scotland’s Biodiversity- A Route Map to 2020 first progress report 2015/2016- the first annual review of the Route Map to 2020 and Scotland’s Biodiversity Progress to 2020 Aichi Targets Interim Report 2016 , LINK submitted written evidence to the committee … Read More »
LINK responded to the PAWG vision and strategic objectives for protected areas. This response was developed by Stuart Brooks and Isobel Mercer, and was submitted to Brian Eardley at SNH.
Given the EU referendum results impact on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as well as the ongoing EU discussions on a reform of the CAP, members of LINK’s Food and Farming Subgroup have developed initial views regarding the future of farming and rural land use in Scotland. A summary is provided below; the full paper can … Read More »