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LINK welcomes draft Scottish Biodiversity Strategy

30 Jan 2023

The Scottish Government published the ‘final draft’ of its biodiversity strategy at the tail end of last year. It coincided with the UN biodiversity conference in Montreal, where world leaders agreed on a global framework for nature’s recovery, known as the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. LINK welcomes the publication of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy (SBS) […]

Petition calls for funding for sustainable farming

17 Jan 2023

Petition calls for funding for sustainable farming Today at the Scottish parliament members of Scottish Environment LINK’s Farm for Scotland’s Future campaign presented Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, with a petition calling for a new farm funding system that works for nature, climate, and people. The petition, signed by more than […]

Councils will need green specialists to meet government ambitions

17 Jan 2023

Planning departments will need more expertise to deliver the environmental ambitions set out in the refreshed framework for planning policy, charities have said. The call comes as the Scottish Government has published the final version of the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) which sets out a plan for Scotland to create sustainable, liveable and productive […]

Sewage and chemical pollution top list of public concerns over Scottish seas

12 Dec 2022

People in Scotland believe sewage and chemical pollution pose the biggest threat to the health of our seas, according to new research. The opinion poll, conducted by Survation on behalf of the environmental coalition Scottish Environment LINK, also found high levels of public concern over litter and the impact of climate change on our seas. […]

Two thirds of Scots support ambitious “30 by 30” target to protect nature

05 Dec 2022

People living in Scotland overwhelmingly back plans to protect 30% of the country’s land and sea for nature by the end of the decade, a new opinion poll has found. The global “30 by 30” target, expected to be agreed at the upcoming UN biodiversity conference COP15 in December, sets out to protect 30% of […]

8 in 10 Scots want focus on native woodlands

01 Dec 2022

An overwhelming majority of people in Scotland want forestry policy to prioritise native woodlands, according to a new opinion poll.  The Survation poll, commissioned by Scottish Environment LINK, found that 8 in 10 members of the public believe that the focus should be on native woodlands while only 1 in 10 believed that policy should […]

8 in 10 Scots want National Parks to have stronger focus on environment

29 Nov 2022

Almost 80% of the public want Scotland’s National Parks to have a stronger focus on restoring nature and tackling climate change, according to a new opinion poll. The Scottish Government has committed to introducing at least one new National Park in this parliamentary term. Scotland currently has two National Parks, covering the Cairngorms and Loch […]

Last chance for planning reform to tackle the nature crisis

18 Aug 2022

A coalition of leading environmental charities has called on the Scottish Government to ensure imminent reforms to the planning system respond to the climate and nature emergencies. Scottish Environment LINK has said that the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) falls short of the action required to reverse the crisis of nature loss. 1 in […]

Charities warn levelling up bill could undermine environmental protections in devolved nations

18 Aug 2022

Four environmental organisations representing charities across the UK have warned that the Levelling Up Bill could weaken protections for nature by handing the UK Government the power to amend the law in devolved areas. The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will grant UK Ministers the power to scrap and rewrite, by secondary legislation, environmental protections […]

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