Rural and Environment

  • Preparing for Pass it On Week

    7th March 2018 by

    Ahead of Pass it On Week - Scotland's annual celebration of re-use, Zero Waste Scotland guest blog on how we can all play a part in swapping, donating, sharing and repairing to help make things last.  

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  • Understanding our rural economy

    23rd February 2018 by

    To some people the term ‘rural economy’ conjures up images of sleepy, traditional industries, where very little changes from one generation to the next. In reality, the rural economy is vibrant, diverse, and changing all the time. My job is to build on that vibrancy, and encourage more diversity, to help grow that economy and...

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  • Success for Ulva

    1st February 2018 by

    Commenting on the decision to give consent to North West Mull Community Woodland Company Limited to proceed with its right to buy the Isle of Ulva, under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “Congratulations to the North West Mull Community Woodland Company in receiving consent to proceed...

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  • Scotland’s Land Reform Agenda

    6th January 2018 by

    2017 has been a landmark year for Scotland’s Land Reform agenda. Our progressive community land ownership policies have delivered huge benefits to communities across the country, and have set us on an ambitious process to transform the relationship between the land and the people of Scotland. Community right to buy, which we expanded through the...

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  • Signing up to Global Ghost Gear Initiative

    21st December 2017 by

    The Scottish Government has signed up to a global initiative aimed at reducing the amount of fishing gear lost in oceans and harming the marine environment.

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  • This migration season, will we see avian flu return?

    14th November 2017 by

    Last winter Scotland was lucky. We had no reported cases of H5N8 avian flu in domestic flocks. The rest of the UK was not so lucky as the disease was confirmed at 13 premises whose flocks ranged in size from nine to 65,000 birds. Here two experts have their say on the importance of practising good biosecurity measures.

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  • Commitment to environmental principles

    6th November 2017 by

    The UK Government should maintain EU environmental principles post Brexit or risk undermining the substantial international progress Scotland has made, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said.

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  • Get On Your Bike….

    27th July 2017 by

    Daisy Narayanan, Deputy Director of Built Environment for Sustrans, explains the benefits of so called “Active Travel”, reinforcing why it’s a key focus for Government. Choosing to travel actively for short, daily trips benefits more than just our health. It is good for the environment, our wallets and local economies as well. Unfortunately, somewhere along the...

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  • Boost for our bees and butterflies

    27th July 2017 by

    To coincide with the launch of our Pollinator Strategy, Craig Macadam, Conservation Director of Buglife, explains why we have to protect our pollinators. Imagine a world without chocolate. A world without coffee, wildflowers, strawberries, tomatoes. One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on insect pollination. It is almost impossible to over-emphasise the...

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  • Leading Ideas for Better Lives

    30th March 2017 by

    Graeme Cook Director, Knowledge Exchange and Impact, SEFARI The view from a hilltop can be magical – that sense of space and scale, the feeling of the wind on your face. If you’re lucky you can feel the sun, otherwise it might be the rain or sleet (if we’re talking Scotland). You might be up...

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