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Programme for Government: Environmental commitments welcome but progress on delivery must not be allowed to stall

05 Sep 2023

Responding to the Programme for Government, Dr Deborah Long – Chief Officer at Scottish Environment LINK – said: “We welcome the First Minister’s commitment to display leadership on the climate and nature crises, and will work productively with all parties as we face these enormous challenges. “The Natural Environment Bill and Agriculture Bill are two […]


Legal targets for nature recovery can mark turning point for threatened species

30 Aug 2023

The introduction of legal targets for nature recovery can serve as the turning point for threatened species and habitats, environmental charities have said.   The Scottish Government has committed to introducing statutory nature recovery targets in the upcoming Natural Environment Bill. A consultation is expected imminently.   This would put nature recovery on the same legal basis […]


Exhibition opens to celebrate ten years of MSP nature initiative

28 Aug 2023

A successful environmental initiative which has partnered MSPs with threatened and iconic Scottish species and habitats celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year with an exhibition outside the Scottish Parliament. The Nature Champions initiative was developed by Scottish Environment LINK in 2013 to encourage MSPs to champion Scotland’s threatened species and habitats. Including iconic species like […]


Nature charities call on political leaders to increase ambition on environment

14 Aug 2023

A coalition of leading nature conservation and environmental charities has called on Scotland’s political leaders to work together with increased ambition in the face of growing crises of climate and nature. The call, directed at the leaders of all five political parties, was made in an open letter signed by the leaders of 26 organisations. […]


Environmental experts urge the Scottish Government to ‘be bold’ as it prepares to incorporate the right to a healthy environment into Scots Law

05 Jul 2023

A new report backed by experts from across Scotland’s environmental sector has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporating the substantive and procedural elements of the right to a healthy environment in its upcoming Human Rights Bill. The report suggests Scotland could become ‘a global leader’ in protecting environmental rights, but only if new rights […]


New report urges action on deer management in Scotland’s rainforest

04 Jul 2023

Rising deer numbers are one of the biggest threats to the survival and expansion of Scotland’s globally important temperate rainforest, according to a new report. Saving Scotland’s rainforest: managing the impact of deer highlights that although deer are a natural part of the rainforest’s ecosystem, they also represent a significant barrier to its restoration if […]


Scottish Environment LINK response to HPMA policy statement

29 Jun 2023

Responding to the Cabinet Secretary’s statement on the future of HPMAs, Scottish Environment LINK has welcomed the commitment to build greater consensus while stressing the need to deliver on ecological outcomes.  Calum Duncan, Head of Conservation Scotland at the Marine Conservation Society and Convener of Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Group, said: “Scotland’s seas are in […]


Campaigners say rise in farm emissions makes case for radical change in Agriculture Bill

26 Jun 2023

The Scottish Government must commit to a radical new system of farm funding to deal with climate change, environmental campaigners have said.   The call comes after new figures, published last week, show that climate emissions from agriculture have risen to become the second largest source of Scottish emissions.   The 2021 Scottish emissions statistics show that […]


LINK members welcome new Circular Economy Bill

14 Jun 2023

Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Bill. This bill establishes the framework to guide a transition to a more circular economy, including a commitment to introduce consumption reduction targets and plans to meet circular economy objectives. LINK members welcome this as a significant step to drive a more comprehensive […]

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