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Campaigners call for action on sustainable farming as Agriculture Bill passed

19 Jun 2024

Campaigners have renewed calls for the Scottish government to deliver sustainable farming, as the Agriculture and Rural Communities Bill passed into law yesterday evening.  Members of Scottish Environment LINK want the Scottish government to replace its outdated farm funding system with one that helps farmers and crofters produce food in ways that help tackle climate change and […]


New report sets out strategy for tackling Invasive Non-Native Species

21 May 2024

A new report launched today urges action and sets out a comprehensive strategy for tackling the issue of invasive non-native species (INNS) in Scotland.  Invasive Non-native Species in Scotland: A Plan for Effective Action is published by Scottish Environment LINK and supported by a host of member organisations.  INNS constitute one of the five principal […]


Scottish Environment LINK statement on the end of the Bute House Agreement

25 Apr 2024

Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s environment sector, representing over 40 member bodies with a broad spectrum of environmental interests, and the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society. Responding to this morning’s news on the end of the Bute House Agreement, its Chief Officer Deborah Long states: “The nature […]


Venison subsidy for Scotland – a joint statement

22 Apr 2024

The three organisations that last year set the concept of a venison subsidy in motion have welcomed the recent announcement by Màiri McAllan Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Net Zero and Energy that work on venison is included in a set of measures for climate change action. In the measures announced last week it was […]


Scottish government must do more to reduce farming emissions to meet Net Zero

18 Apr 2024

A coalition of leading environment charities has called on the Scottish government to do more to cut emissions from farming following today’s announcement that the government will weaken its 2030 climate targets.  The charities, members of Scottish Environment LINK, say they are deeply concerned by the changes to the targets. They have welcomed the focus […]


Scottish Environment LINK Statement on the Forestry Grant Scheme Budget

13 Feb 2024

Following the reduction in the Forestry Grant Scheme budget announced in December, Scottish Environment LINK is very concerned about the potential for damaging Scotland’s ability to create and manage native woodland, one of our few means for addressing the twin climate and nature emergencies. We are aware that the budget cuts create uncertainty across the […]


LINK Deer Group welcomes consultation on reforming Scotland’s system of deer management

05 Jan 2024

LINK’s Deer Group welcomes the publication of a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to Scotland’s system of deer management. The consultation builds on previous legislative changes made in 2023 and recommendations made by the Deer Working Group in their 2020 report  The Management of Wild Deer in Scotland. Duncan Orr-Ewing, Convener of LINK Deer […]


Funding settlement for environmental agencies welcomed

19 Dec 2023

Commenting on the Scottish budget, Deborah Long, Chief Officer of Scottish Environment LINK, said: “The Scottish Government has been clear that we face climate and nature emergencies. Ministers have set out an ambitious and wide-ranging series of actions to protect our environment, all of which require resourcing. “We were highly concerned that funding for NatureScot […]


Farm funding plan must change to meet climate and nature targets, say campaigners

11 Dec 2023

The Scottish Government must take a much more ambitious approach to reforming agriculture policy and funding if it is to meet its own climate and nature targets, campaigners have said. Ministers have indicated that the new system of farm funding will mimic the current decades-old system that sees large landowners disproportionately benefit from government payments. […]

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