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Investing in the Environment Makes Sound Financial Sense

05 Nov 2018

Scotland’s environment movement today (Wednesday 5th November) called on government to ensure Scotland’s environment is properly protected in order to secure the economic gains it provides. A new report, Valuing our Environment, launched today, shows that sustainable use of our environment underpins the economy by £17.2 billion a year, or more than a tenth of […]

Future farm support in Scotland – a very muddy picture: LINK response to Ministerial statement on CAP

01 Oct 2018

On 26 September 2018, Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and farm payments, in the context of Brexit. In this he confirmed that farm and rural businesses will receive ‘…their current payment entitlements largely as they currently are, and not just in 2019 but in […]

LINK Hilltracks Press release – Changing Tracks report

18 Sep 2018

Hilltracks report press release

LINK response to report by the National Council of Rural Advisers “Discussion document: a rural conversation”

13 Jun 2018

In response to the publication of the National Council of Rural Advisers (NRCA) report “Discussion document: a rural conversation”, Vicki Swales Convenor of LINK’s Land Group and Pete Ritchie Convenor of LINK’s Food and Farming Subgroup issued the following statement: ‘The NCRA was tasked with recommending future action that could sustain a vibrant and flourishing […]

Over 100 MSPs Champion Scottish Biodiversity for 100 Days under the banner of Scottish Environment LINK’s Species Champions Initiative

05 Jun 2018

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 […]

Scottish Environment LINK members respond to Report by the Roundtable on Environment and Climate Change on Environmental Governance in Scotland on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

01 Jun 2018

In response to the publication of the Report by the Roundtable on Environment and Climate Change on Environmental Governance in Scotland on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, Scottish Environment LINK Chair, Charles Dundas of Woodland Trust Scotland stated: “We welcome the publication of the report and its recommendations to address the environmental governance gap created […]

Environmental NGOs urge MSPs to support bold changes for a fairer Scottish planning system, ahead of critical debate in Parliament

29 May 2018

Ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Planning (Scotland) Bill (Tuesday 29 May, 14.20), Scottish Environment LINK members welcomed interventions by MSPs in support of reforming our planning system so that it empowers communities and delivers for our environment. “At a time when the Government’s own research concluded that there is ‘a lack of […]

Scotland must step up efforts or risk missing global biodiversity targets, say environmental charities

22 May 2018

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 […]

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes Holyrood committee’s call to improve Scottish planning system

17 May 2018

Scottish Environment LINK members warmly welcome the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has today set out its recommendations to strengthen the Scottish Government’s Planning (Scotland) Bill. Planning influences and regulates the use of land and as such can have huge environmental consequences and drive sustainable development. Scottish Environment LINK members and their supporters […]

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