LINK notes on the Marshalled List of Amemdments selected for stage three of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill. This document offers a more detailed briefing on the amendments, as tabled.
The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill already represents a significant improvement to flood management in Scotland. This LINK freshwater briefing looks at proposed amendments that would improve the Flood Risk Management Bill legislation still further at stage three. The key amendments for stage 3 include strengthening provisions for the consideration of natural flood management, ensuring … Read More »
LINK Freshwater Taskforce Briefing for Stage One of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill. The new Bill must ensure a sustainable approach to flood management, incorporating sustainable principles in the general provisions and indeed throughout the Bill. The provisions for natural flood management should be strengthened and a new duty introduced to ensure the implementation … Read More »
Stage one written evidence on the general principles of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parlaiment’s Rural Affiars and Environment Committee
Financial Memorandum. Written submission by the Freshwater Taskforce of Scottish Environment LINK on the financial implications and the costs and benefits of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.
A briefing by the Freshwater Taskforce of Scottish Environment LINK for the Rural Affairs and Environment debate on flooding and flood management Scottish Environment LINK’s Freshwater Taskforce welcomes the recommendations of the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee’s Inquiry into Flooding and Flood Management. Flooding is a big issue and likely to get worse due to … Read More »
Further evidence to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee for their Flooding and Flood Management Inquiry. Additional information with regards to natural flood management techniques and the role of natural habitats in storing and slowing down the flow of water and further evidence of the current practices of building on floodplains. See also our inital … Read More »
The Freshwater Taskforce warmly welcomes the remit of this inquiry and we hope that the evidence we provide will be helpful in informing the future flooding policies. This written evidence focuses on key issues in relation to the new Flooding Bill and sustainable flood management; and the role of natural flood management in that process. … Read More »
A briefing prepared by the Freshwater Taskforce of the Scottish Environment LINK on the implementation of Sustainable Flood Management (SFM) through primary legislation. Climate change predictions suggest that Scotland is set to get wetter and stormier, increasing the risk of flooding. Therefore floods that are currently considered ‘extreme’ will become more common in future. The … Read More »
Flooding is a natural phenomenon, but one that is also exacerbated by human mismanagement of the environment. One of the results is that more and more people, particularly the vulnerable, are living in fear of flooding. The problem of flooding has been made worse by the way we construct and defend ourselves against floods, and … Read More »
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Response from the Freshwater Taskforce to the SEPA/EA consultation on Draft Second Cycle River Basin Management Plan, June 2015.
Response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Improvement of the Physical Condition of Scotland’s Water Environment, by LINK’s Freshwater Taskforce, 21 May 2015.
LINK Freshwater Taskforce response to the SEPA consultation on the draft Second Cycle River Basin Management Plan for Scotland. March 2015
LINK Freshwater taskforce response to SEPA’s consultation on the Water Scarcity Plan for Scotland. February 2015 LINK Water Scarcity Consultation Response Final 02-15
LINK Freshwater Taskforce response to the consultation Implementing the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act: Environmental Standards for the Water Environment, 31 January 2014 Env Standards consultation_SE LINK response Final
Freshwater TF response to the consultation. LINK supports streamlining of legislation only when it does not compromise existing levels of environmental protection and enhances it.
LINK welcomes the opportunity to comment on the propsals for SEPA’s future funding arrangements. We are generally supportive of steps that are being taken to intergrate regulation to make it more resource-efficient and we recognise that the funding regime will be adapted to take this forward.
The Water Resources Bill must ensure that any developments of Scotland’s water resources is sustainable; LINK is concerned by the emphasis on development for economic gain. We seek clarity on the intention of the provisions relating to large-scale abstractions and urge that appropriate steps are in place to ensure full accountability of Ministerial decisions.
Response to the consultation ‘Investing in and paying for your water services from 2015: an invitation to engage with the Government and to provide your views’ from LINK’s Freshwater taskforce.
LINK is broadly supportive of any steps that can be taken to integrate and streamline regulation provided that this does not happen at the expense of environmental protection.
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Sustainable flood management, good for people and biodiversity! LINK welcomes the passing of the new Bill on flooding. This is a major opportunity to have more sustainable approaches for the management of flood risk.
The delivery of a large investment programme requires good co-ordination and communication between the government agencies, economic regulators and Scottish Water. The resignation of Scottish Water’s chair signals an ongoing conflict between these agencies, which could prove damaging for the environment, biodiversity and the Scottish people.
New legislation represents a new opportunity to introduce sustainable management of flood risk. However, it will only be achieved if three key principles are placed at the heart of the new legislation. This leaflet produced by LINKs Freshwater Taskforce outlines the required principles.
Natural Flood Management (NFM) is part of a Sustainable Flood Management approach. It is a series of techniques that involves working with rivers and coasts using natural processes within the framework of land use planning. This literature review looks at what can be learned from past studies and experiences in other countries. Also, it helps … Read More »
an APEM Scientific Report for WWF-UK and Wildlife & Countryside Link partners reviewing the UKTAG proposed standard for suspended solids
The Regulatory Stakeholder Forum gives an opportunity for all interested parties to provide input into the development of the charging scheme. We would like to emphasise that similar approach should be taken to all areas of work on WFD implementation. The Freshwater Taskforce supports the principles of charging as outlined in the consultation document, and … Read More »
These regulations provide an effective and proportionate framework for regulation of activities that pose risk to the water environment, and which will ensure the well-being of our rivers, lochs, coasts and wetlands for generations to come. These will complete an important part of the implementation of the secondary legislation, following the acclaimed primary legislation delivered … Read More »
The Water Framework Directive (WFD) came into force in December 2000. It is widely recognised as one of the most far-reaching pieces of environmental legislation ever to emerge from Europe. The WFD has substantial legal and administrative implications for the future of flood risk management in the UK. In Scotland, these implications were recognised and the … Read More »