Governance

Our Governance Group works to raise the profile on Scotland’s environmental and legal governance.

The Governance Group has a number of active members, a full list is shown below.

Current focus

Brexit

The Governance group works to inform members and stakeholders of the implications of Brexit, working to ensure European environmental legalisation protections are not lost.

LINK’s Manifesto for Holyrood 2021

Our manifesto sets out the key policies and actions that the next Scottish Government must undertake to address the nature and climate emergencies. For member organisation manifestos, see here

This Group coordinates the Fight For Scotland’s’ Nature Campaign

 

Convener

Lloyd Austin

Staff liaison

Rachael Fairbairn

and

Dan Paris

Other areas the group work on include:

The Aarhus issues: access to information, including Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR); access to justice in environmental matters; public participation in decision-making.

Government structures in Scotland for environment and land management, including forestry and agriculture.

Governance Matters – reviewing methods and processes in the legislative, executive, judicial and civil branches of government in Scotland over the years since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Referendum Challenge – our ideas on environmental essentials for Scotland’s future around which we want to know which constitutional option will best deliver.

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA)

Environmental liability (ELD)

Latest News

From Rhetoric to Reality revisited: a new report

11 Apr 2022

In 2011, LINK published our first Rhetoric to Reality assessment. In it, we commissioned an independent consultant to assess 8 key areas of environmental policy on how far reality on the ground had matched the rhetoric of policy. Now, ten years on, we’ve commissioned another assessment. A decadal review seems timely: it covers the life […]

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 […]

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 […]

Latest Outputs

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Fight for Scotland's nature

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