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LINK welcomes government response to Independent Deer Working Group report

24 Mar 2021

This statement has been prepared by LINK’s Deer Group. We welcome the Scottish Government response to the independent Deer Working Group report. We support all 99 recommendations set out in this document. We encourage the development of a new Deer Act in the next session of the Scottish Parliament to implement about half of recommendations, […]

Plans for human right to a healthy environment in Scots law welcomed

12 Mar 2021

Joint press release by ERCS, Friends of the Earth Scotland & Scottish Environment LINK Environmental groups have welcomed the recommendation to include the human right to a healthy environment in Scots law [1]. The Scottish Government’s National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership published detailed proposals for a new human rights law today and recommend that […]

LINK welcomes funding for nature in Scottish budget 2021-22

08 Mar 2021

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes additional funding for nature announced as part of today’s (8 March) Scottish budget deal. An additional £10m funding for biodiversity towards a new scheme supporting a wide range of projects to restore Scotland’s nature, protect our wildlife and address the causes of the nature and climate emergency is welcome. We hope […]

LINK welcomes publication of the Environment Strategy Monitoring Framework

25 Feb 2021

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the Scottish Government’s Environment Strategy Monitoring Framework published yesterday (24 February). The framework sets out the initial range of indicators that will be used to assess progress on achieving key outcomes to improve Scotland’s environment, including protecting nature, tackling the climate emergency and re-using resources. LINK members welcome the inclusion of […]

Still Delivering the Goods: Scotland’s environmental charities working for nature and society.

24 Feb 2021

“Conservation is not a luxury, an optional extra we can afford when the economy picks up, but a vital necessity if our species are to have a long-term future.” Prof. Aubrey Manning, 1997 Scotland’s nature and natural landscapes are rich and diverse. While this diversity and richness is celebrated, all is not well. Scotland’s wildlife […]

Scotland’s environment community urge Scottish Government to take a transformative approach to planning

22 Feb 2021

Scotland’s new National Planning Framework (NPF4) needs to take us to net-zero and support nature’s recovery – but transformative change is lacking in the Scottish Government’s Position Statement   Scottish Environment LINK members are calling on the Scottish Government to develop a NPF4 that truly delivers the transformative change needed for Scotland to secure its […]

A Manifesto for Nature and Climate

09 Feb 2021

The 2021 Scottish Parliament election must place policies for nature and climate at its heart. Environmental charities in Scotland have launched a call for the next Scottish Government to prioritise actions to tackle the nature and climate emergency ahead of Holyrood elections in May. Scottish Environment LINK, a network of Scotland’s leading environmental charities, has […]

Good news for Scotland’s biodiversity: action in the Decade for Ecosystem Restoration

17 Dec 2020

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the Statement of Intent on Biodiversity, published 14 December, which clearly recognises the importance of addressing the nature crisis at a critical point for our ecosystems.  These are encouraging steps: it is vital that the plans to address the nature crisis are matched by ambitious actions and significant investment to deliver […]

Welcome improvements to Scotland’s EU exit laws, but bill must go further for nature

25 Nov 2020

Scottish Environment LINK, a coalition of Scotland’s leading environmental charities, has today welcomed initial improvements to the Scottish Government’s EU Continuity Bill, which delivers crucial post-Brexit environmental protections, including an environment watchdog. From 1 January 2021, the EU’s world-renowned environmental protections will no longer apply to Scotland. The Scottish Government’s EU Continuity Bill seeks to […]

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