In 2013 the Scottish Government will publish a statutory Adaptation Programme. This is a requirement of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and will set out Government’s plans for how Scotland adapts to a changing climate. LINK recommends that five principles are followed during the development of Scotland’s Adaptation Programme:1. Develop knowledge – of climate … Read More »
Outlining a list of areas where the Park Authority should establish specific objectives and actions, including on Biodiversity, Deer Management, Ecosystem Services, Energy, Housing, Landscape, Woodland and Wildlife.
A response from Scottish Environment LINK to the Inquiry into reform of parliamentary business – remodelling the parliamentary week being held by The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
LINK member bodies have assessed the current biodiversity indicators included within the government’s National Performance Framework. In our view, the current indicators do not measure progress with biodiversity delivery as part of Scotland’s’ sustainable development. LINK suggests measures on species, sites, ecosystems and engagement.
The outcomes agreed as part of the MFF and the current reform of the CAP will have a huge influence on how farmland across the UK is managed from 2014-2020, as well as setting the direction for agricultural policy into the future. It is therefore vital that final decisions on allocation of resources to rural … Read More »
LINK believes that farming is not like any other economic sector. Agricultural activities cover the majority of the Scottish landscape and thus a good quality environment is dependent on appropriate land management. Equally, agriculture depends on maintaining the quality of the soil, water and biodiversity upon which production depends. LINK believes that all agricultural support … Read More »
A report prepared for the seminar held on 21 February 2011 at COSLA, Edinburgh
High Nature Value (HNV) farming describes agricultural systems important for the environmental benefits they provide. Such systems are normally extensive (inputs, grazing, etc. are low) and support a range of threatened species such as butterflies and birds. LINK believes it is the utmost importance that support be directed towards the HNV activities environmental benefits. Without … Read More »
This note focuses mostly on the Rural Priorities scheme. While we criticise aspects of its implementation, this is because out of all schemes included in the Rural Development Programme, it has the most potential to deliver environmental benefits. We believe the CAP should be reformed along the lines laid out in our publication “Beyond the … Read More »
LINK supports a significant shift in CAP support away from poorly targeted direct support towards more specific and targeted payments designed to deliver public goods. Subsidising food production in Europe through the CAP will not achieve global food security. However, by redirecting the CAP to support the production of public goods and improving the environmental … Read More »