Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the opportunity to share its views regarding the amendments lodged at Stage 2 of the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill. LINK supports robust action to effectively address the climate and nature emergencies. This means ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also the roll-out of nature-based solutions that … Read More »
On 13 June, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion submitted by Gillian Martin MSP on World Environment Day 2019. The debate will take place at 12.45, right after First Minister’s Questions. LINK has produced a briefing ahead of the debate, which is available here.
Ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill taking place on 2 April, LINK members wish to highlight the following points. First and foremost, LINK members welcome the Committee’s support of the recent IPCC findings on limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C and explicit agreement that a net-zero … Read More »
On 27 March, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion on the Climate Emergency. In advance of this LINK members issued a briefing highlighting the need for urgent action to tackle climate change. For this to be effective, action should focus on: Achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible Ensuring there is … 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 »
Briefings prepared for MSPs and MSP Species Champions on the potential impact of Climate Change on Scotland’s Terrestrial Species. There is strong evidence that climate change is affecting UK biodiversity and impacts are expected to grow as the magnitude of climate change increases. The upcoming Scottish Climate Bill is an opportunity to set strong targets … Read More »
Briefings prepared for MSPs and MSP Species Champions on the potential impact of Climate Change on Scotland’s Marine Species. There is strong evidence that climate change is affecting UK biodiversity and impacts are expected to grow as the magnitude of climate change increases. The upcoming Scottish Climate Bill is an opportunity to set strong targets … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the debate on Earth Hour on the 28th March 2018 and urges all Species Champion MSPs to use this opportunity to stand up for their species and call for action to address climate change impacts on biodiversity in Scotland. As highlighted by WWF’s Earth Hour, nearly 1 in 6 species are … Read More »
Environment Links UK Briefing, November 2017.
LINK’s Wildlife Forum briefing to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy in Scotland 2015
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LINK submission to ECCLR Biodiversity Inquiry
LINK’s response to the Scottish Government consultation “Investing in and paying for your water services from 2021” Submitted September 2018.
A response to the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee’s call for evidence on biodiversity and biodiversity reporting duties, March 2018
Joint Links Response – EAC Inquiry on EU Env Policy FINAL
This response is supported by the undersigned members of the Wildlife Forum and the Marine Taskforce.
A joint response from Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL), Scottish Environment LINK (SEL), Wales Environment LINK (WEL) and Northern Ireland Environment LINK (NIEL) which welcomes the opportunity to provide comments on the Triennial Review of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). We see the review as an opportunity to improve the delivery of nature conservation objectives in both … Read More »
Members of LINK’s Wildlife Forum are all engaged in the everyday work of conserving Scotland’s biodiversity and its landscape on the ground and through policy work. Since before the publication of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy in 2004, members of the Wildlife Forum have contributed very significant time and resources to the Scottish biodiversity policy process, … Read More »
LINK provided Oral Evidence on stage one of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee. The Committee was specifically looking at sections 1 and 2, which propose the transfer to Scottish Natural Heritage of functions of the Deer Commission for Scotland and the Advisory Committee on Sites … Read More »
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Machair, Atlantic salmon, white beaked dolphin, capercaillie and golden plover among unique Scottish habitats and species at risk. Scotland’s nature, from our seas to the highest mountains, is coming under increasing pressure from climate change, a new report published today [Thurs 3rd Jan] finds. Scotland’s Nature on Red Alert: Climate change impacts on Scottish biodiversity, … Read More »
On 5 June, in celebration of World Environment Day, Scottish Environment LINK members are launching their Species Champion 100-day Challenge. For 100 days over 100 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who have accepted to become a Species Champion will be participating in a series of actions raising awareness about their selected species, encouraging policy … Read More »
In response to the publication of the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) 2017 report on Scotland’s progress towards the 2020 Aichi Targets on biodiversity, Scottish Environment LINK members urge Scottish Government to step up efforts to halt biodiversity loss. Out of the 20 targets that Scotland is committed to meeting in less than two years, only … Read More »
The Nature of Politics: Species Champions go wild in the Scottish Parliament. Press release, 21 September 2016. The award winning Species Champion is relaunched in the Scottish Parliament with the announcement of the first 48 Champions.
The 76 MSPs who have participated in the Species Champions Initiative were thanked this evening for their work during the current parliament to support Scotland’s threatened wildlife. Scottish Environment LINK held a reception in Holyrood hosted by Rob Gibson MSP. Read more here.
Don’t undermine the laws that protect nature say nearly half a million European citizens. Press release from the Joint Links, 24 July 2015
Press release by the Joint Links on the European Commission’s REFIT ‘Fitness Check’ of the Birds and Habitats Directives, 12 May 2015.
Scotland’s threatened wildlife has had a massive boost in support this week. Ten new ‘Species Champions’ joined the 53 MSPs already lending their political support to the country’s threatened biodiversity. At a celebratory event held on Thursday 31st October 2013 in Holyrood, it was announced that an impressive 75 out of the original 93 have now … Read More »
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Climate change is recognised by many as the most serious threat facing life on the planet today. Governments have responded to that threat by agreeing to long-term goals of keeping global temperature rise this century, below 2ºC and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5ºC. To achieve that goal will require unprecedented … Read More »
Eliminating Wildlife Crime in Scotland New report on wildlife crime.
A Review of the Enforcement of Wildlife Protection Legislation in Scotland New report on wildlife crime.
How Scotland’s Environmental Charities are Implementing the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy This report aims to demonstrate how Scotland’s environmental charities are playing a key role in the delivery of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy. At its core is a set of case studies of successful projects carried out by the charities over the last three years or … Read More »
The natural environment is one of Scotland’s greatest assets, making a major contribution to economic growth and quality of life. . The research calculated for the first time the economic impact of Scotland’s natural environment as well as identifying wider benefits of the environment to businesses and the economy. The full research report (The Economic … 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 »
The UK government has made a commitment to halting biodiversity loss by 2010. This leaflet summarises what this means, what is needed to achieve this target and how progress should be measured. A joint LINKs publication.
This manifesto highlights why biodiversity is essential to all our lives. It explains how the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) process has been developed to sustain and enhance this biodiversity and makes recommendations on the ways the process can be improved to meet the target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. In 1994, the UK started … 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 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.
This position statement sets out the Joint Links views on the EC REFIT ‘Fitness Check’ of the nature laws that exist to protect the most important wildlife species and habitats in the UK and Europe – the single biggest threat to UK and European nature and biodiversity in a generation.
A briefing paper from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Environment LINK following a discussion forum organised by RSE and LINK held in June 2013.
For the 2020 Challenge to work, Scotland’s people need to see effective action on the ground, guided by this strategy and resulting in real positive biological change. LINK has come up with 14 targets for the next seven years. If we meet these targets, we will have made significant steps towards halting the loss of biodiversity … Read More »
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.
5 April 2007: 1000 days left to 2010, when the target to halt the loss of biodiversity in Scotland expires. How is Scotland doing in terms of progress towards this target? Summary and Assessment for Scotland from The UK Biodiversity Action Plan 2005 Reporting Round.
This comprehensive analysis of the SBS Implementation Plans (2004-2007) indicates that the actions place unequal emphasis on each of the five objectives of the SBS. In particular, they give clear priority to increasing awareness and enjoyment of biodiversity (Objective 2) and developing an effective management framework (Objective 4). Together these objectives account for 65% of … Read More »