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 Future of Scottish Agriculture – establishing a new social contract between land managers and Scottish citizens. Farming in Scotland is in a sharp cyclical downturn and short-term targeted support may be needed to keep some farms going. This must also be an opportunity for a proper debate about the future of farming. High standards … Read More »
The Scottish Government has a number of decisions to make on implementation of the recently reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Scotland. The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment is due to announce his decisions to Parliament on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. This briefing summarises Scottish Environment LINK’s views on what must be … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK believes a reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) presents an opportunity to set Scottish agriculture on a more sustainable and progressive path.
Joint Links Agriculture groups briefing for MEPs, circulated 15 October 2012.
LINK supports the proposed move to a so-called ‘regional model of support’; we consider thta it has the potetnial to deliver an uplift in support for High Nature Value farming and crofting systems which, under the current historic model applied in Scotland, are financially disadvantaged.
Scottish Environment LINK give Evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee as they look at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s 2008 report on Scotland’s hills and islands.
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LINK welcomes the opportunity to offer our thoughts on the short and long-term future of Scotland’s rural sector. We emphasise in particular that: As set out in March 2017, the policy and funding frameworks should be focused on delivering public money for public goods, with more detail available on our thoughts here. In principle, we … Read More »
LINK Agriculture Taskforce response to the Scottish Government consultation: Future CAP Direct Payments in Scotland from 2015, March 2014. Future CAP Direct Payments Consultation – LINK Response
LINK views submitted to Government in March 2014 on the interim proposals by Brian Pack to reduce red tape in agriculture.
LINK’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 – 2020, Stage 2: Final Proposals by Agriculture Taskforce and Woodland Forum.
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes this Stage 1 Consultation on the next Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) and many of the proposals contained within in. In particular we are heartened to see reference to prioritisation and focusing on funds, geographic targeting, approaches to landscape scale and collaborative applications and the potential for integrated applications. LINK thinks Scottish Government should be … Read More »
LINK response to the consultation, 28 June 2013
LINK Agriculture Taskforce’s response to the online consultation on European Commission CAP Reform proposals 2012-2020 – Direct Payments
LINK Agriculture Taskforce response to the online consultation on the European Commission CAP Reform proposals 2012-2020 – Finance and Controls
LINK welcomes this report. It helpfully sets out the condition of Scotland’s soils and will help to provide a strategic direction to policymaking on soils and for improving the ability of soils to function in Scotland. We welcome the style of the document in that the chapters in the body of the report follow the theme … Read More »
LINK Agriculture taskforce response to this consultation, 9 pages
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On 26 September 2018, Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and farm payments, in the context of Brexit. In this he confirmed that farm and rural businesses will receive ‘…their current payment entitlements largely as they currently are, and not just in 2019 but in … Read More »
In response to the publication of the National Council of Rural Advisers (NRCA) report “Discussion document: a rural conversation”, Vicki Swales Convenor of LINK’s Land Group and Pete Ritchie Convenor of LINK’s Food and Farming Subgroup issued the following statement: ‘The NCRA was tasked with recommending future action that could sustain a vibrant and flourishing … Read More »
A poll of 1,000 Scots conducted by Survation on behalf of Scottish Environment LINK reveals overwhelming public support in favour of a farm subsidy system that delivers for the environment. 77% of respondents would like to see farm support be conditional to land managers showing that they are supporting wildlife and are reducing climate impacts. … Read More »
Fifty organisations, academics and individual farmers including the National Farmers’ Union of Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Scottish Crofting Federation and Scottish Environment LINK members are calling on the Scottish Government to do more to help agriculture turn a corner and substantially reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In a joint letter, the signatories urge Cabinet … Read More »
A group of eleven wildlife organisations have come together through the Joint LINKs group to urge everyone to press their MEPs to vote for farming that supports nature in one of the most significant votes ever held in the European Parliament.
Unless the UK takes a strong line on making CAP payments, currently worth over £3 billion per year, do more towards maintaining and improving the natural environment and animal welfare, the current round of reforms may be little more then a ‘green-wash’ for the established status quo
A new report published today by Scottish Environment LINK, to coincide with the conclusion of the Government’s consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), points the way forward for a fairer distribution of funding which would help more farmers as well as the environment cope with the changing priorities for the countryside. … Read More »
There has been varied success, in recent years, in improving environmental trends in Scotland’s farmed environment. While it is clear from the audit that some environmental issues, such as bathing water quality, have been improved during the last few years, a range of important environmental issues such as the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas … Read More »
Summary of June 12th Rountable discussion
The UK continues to face environmental challenges including those driven by CAP incentives and emerging demands on land. Across Europe, soils are depleted and degraded, water is over-extracted and polluted and wildlife struggles to survive across landscapes that have lost many of the features that provide character and distinctiveness. The vision of the joint Links … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK is calling for the development of a Sustainable Land Management Policy for Europe to replace the existing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In this report the LINK Agriculture Taskforce presents the case for transforming CAP into a European Sustainable Land Management Policy. It lays out our vision for how CAP funding could, in future, be … Read More »
This paper sets out the measures Link believe need to be taken by national and devolved governments, and associated agencies and public bodies, to ensure that UK bioenergy production and use develops in a sustainable way, achieving signifi cant greenhouse gas (GHG) savings, whilst avoiding damaging impacts on the natural and historic environment. A policy … Read More »
This report aims to provide an independent assessment of the state of Scotland ’s farmed environment in 2005. It uses the best available data and collated information to give a national overview of: The state of Scotland ’s farmed environment Analysis of change (according to data available) Environmental measures available (including incentives and obligations), uptake … Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
While LINK still believes that our vision Beyond the CAP represents the way forward for land management support, the pace of recent developments mean that our position on particular issues related to reform needs further explanation.This filenote gives LINK’s views on reports, communications and broader issues related to the reform process. See also: File Note … Read More »
The first in a series of briefings from Scottish Environment LINK designed to encourage debate on priority topics relevant to land use in Scotland. LINK believes that the final report of the Inquiry into Future Agricultural Support for Scotland has correctly identified many issues fundamental to maintaining agro-ecosystem health. LINK’s vision is for a well-funded support system … Read More »
This letter lays out Scottish Environment LINK’s views on the CAP ‘Health Check’ and its potential environmental impacts.
Scottish Environment LINK has been pleased to be involved in the development of the new Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) to date, including submission of our response to the Scottish Executive’s consultation. We are, however, becoming increasingly concerned about some aspects of the programme’s development, and I have outlined these below…
LINK Agriculture Taskforce letter to Defra, contributing to Commissioner Hogan’s review of CAP implementation. 13 Febrary 2015
CAP budget transfers and SRDP allocations, 16 December 2013
Letter regarding decisions to be made on CAP reform implementation in Scotland
Summarising key points discussed at a meeting on the future of the CAP in Scotland.
A letter from the Joint LINKs to George Lyon MEP regarding his draft report on the future of the CAP after 2013. We were disappointed that many of the points we raised in response to your working document have not been taken into account, particularly regarding an environmentally focused evolution of the CAP to become … Read More »
Request that George Lyon’s draft report to the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, be viewed by the European Environment Committee.
The reformed CAP must be equipped with the means to deliver a wide range of environmental goods, now and in the future. The level of funding to achieve this must be substantial. The purposes of the reformed CAP should take into account all the public goods that need to be provided including preserving cultural landscapes and historic enivornment features as … Read More »
Letter to George Lyon MEP for Scotland, congratulating him on his appointment by the Agriculture Committee to write the Report on CAP reform. See also: Beyond the CAP