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National Planning Framework needs ‘teeth’ to deliver for nature, climate and communities warn charities

10 Nov 2021

Today’s publication of the 10-year National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is a missed opportunity to futureproof our natural environment in the face of the climate and nature crisis, says Scottish Environment LINK. While the focus of the draft NPF4 on meeting Scotland’s net zero by 2045 target is hugely welcome, its ambition does not go far enough to set out how its policies will deliver the restoration of Scotland’s nature […]

Restoration Fund is a positive step for Scotland’s nature

06 Nov 2021

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes today’s announcement of increased government funding to restore and protect nature. The Nature Restoration Fund will commit to at least £13.5 million annually to restore and protect Scotland’s nature – a vital step to fund the work needed to help restore Scotland’s habitats and species. From restoring Scotland’s wetlands, marine habitats […]

Programme for Government: commitments must deliver a transformation for nature

07 Sep 2021

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes today’s Programme for Government outlined by the First Minister (7 September). As we embark on the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration, the need to tackle the global climate and nature emergency is urgent. Two major UN reports (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC and Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services […]

Environment Prioritised in SNP-Green Cooperation Agreement

20 Aug 2021

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes indication that the draft SNP-Green Cooperation Agreement, announced today (20 August), includes proposals to progress a number of key environmental policies. This could signal a step forward in delivering on Scotland’s ambition to tackle the nature and climate crises hand in hand.    In particular, positive progress has been made to […]

LINK launches new Nature Champion initiative

03 Jun 2021

We are delighted to announce that Scottish Environment LINK has relaunched Species Champions as the Nature Champions initiative. The Nature Champions initiative has been developed by LINK to encourage Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to champion endangered or iconic species and priority habitats, raising awareness and promoting action to restore and safeguard Scotland’s environment. […]

Nature and climate emergency must be focus of FM’s new cabinet team

19 May 2021

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the appointment of the First Minister’s new cabinet today. At the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the cabinet must focus on addressing the nature and climate emergency and meeting international targets. Government action over the next five years will be essential if Scotland is to achieve its ambitious […]

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 […]

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