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
This Parliamentary Briefing from Buglife is for Mary Scanlon MSP’s Member’s Debate S4M-06401 on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel. Mary Scanlon MSP is the Species Champion for the Freshwater Pearl Mussel which is one of the most critically endangered molluscs in the world.
This is a Parliamentary Briefing from the RSPB for Mary Scanlon MSP’s Member’s Debate S4M-06401 on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel. Mary Scanlon MSP is the Species Champion for the Freshwater Pearl Mussel.
The problem with biodiversity as LINK sees it, is that biodiversity has no champions in the Scottish Government. As a result, other efforts to conserve and enhance biodiversity by policies outside of ‘mainstream’ conservation action are weak and under-resourced.
Proposed priorities for action for inclusion in the review of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and for completion by 2020.
Members of the LINK Wildlife and Natural Environment taskforce give oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee. Discussions included: Single witness evidence, quarry species, overwintering geese, hares, snaring, issue of invasive non-native species, species licencing and more…
LINK welcomes the opportunities to update the law on wildlife and the natural environment afforded by this bill. We particularly welcome elements such as the provisions on non-native species and on arrangements for Sites of Special Scientific Interest and have some positive suggestions for improvement in these areas. Whilst welcoming parts of the bill, we … Read More »
LINK believes that the EU budget must be adapted to tackle emerging policy challenges, many of which have arisen due a failure in applying the principles of sustainable development in a coherent and effective way. The major of impacts of the failure of the sustainability agenda are anthropogenic climate change, degradation of terrestrial and marine … Read More »
Response to the Scottish Parlaiment’s Europe and External Relations Committee inquiry into the EU Budget Review. As a general principle, LINK believes the majority of the EU budget should be targeted at protecting and improving public goods. This will require investment in ‘environmental and social capital’ including initiatives which encourage a shift towards truly sustainable … Read More »
The loss of wildlife is not just of importance to scientists and enthusiasts. The loss of genetic diversity, species, and damage to habitats and ecosystems affects us all, in many ways that we are only beginning to understand. It sustains us and contributes to our quality of life by providing places to enjoy, relax in … Read More »
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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 »
Scottish Environment LINK response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill. This bill covers a wide range of areas including; deer, game law, invasive non-native species, species licensing, snaring, badgers, muirburn and SSSI and protected area revisions. LINK also believes that this Bill allows the opportunity to look at legisaltion … Read More »
We believe that the proposed initiatives do not adequately take account of the broader issue of native pollinators, which may have far‐reaching consequences for the pollination of Scotland’s crops. Notable among a wide diversity of pollinating insect species are the bumblebees. There are also many species of solitary bee. The current draft strategy considers only … Read More »
As a native species, Common Ragwort is part of our natural heritage and the UK Government has signed international agreements, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, to ensure its conservation. It is found in a range of dry, sandy or limy or neutral grassy places and dunes but flourishes in overgrazed and disturbed areas. … Read More »
Response to the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Marine Biodiversity Implementation Plan 2008-2010. We are keen to see a Scottish Marine Bill that delivers protection, restoration and enhancement of Scotland’s coasts and seas, including a halt to biodiversity loss by 2010 and an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas by 2012, in turn helping meet impending … Read More »
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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 »
Members for Scottish Parliament have been invited by Scottish Environment LINK’s Wildlife Forum Species Champion initiative on a Bat Walk around Holyrood this evening along with bat experts and enthusiasts to eavesdrop into the normally secret world of bats.
LINK Wildlife Forum’s briefing and press release on the publication of Challenge 2020, the report from the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs & Climate Change & Environment Committee on Scotland’s Biodiversity Strategy.
Threatened and endangered wildlife in Scotland are looking for Parliamentary affection this Valentine’s Day. 93 species have been selected by Scottish Environment LINK’s Wildlife Forum as being in particular need of some political tender loving care, due to a range of pressures such as habitat fragmentation, climate change and pollution. The resulting list is part … Read More »
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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 »
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 »