Rural and Environment

  • This week: 24/5/19

    23rd May 2019 by

    Croft Housing Grant Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing announced £350,000 under the Croft Housing Grant award to support crofters in remote areas. Oyster Restoration Alliance conference Natural Environment Minister Mairi Gougeon spoke at the Native Oyster Restoration Alliance conference in Edinburgh this week. Delegates from 15 European countries met to develop a blueprint for reef...

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  • Farming and the climate emergency

    21st May 2019 by

    Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon blogs on farming and the global climate emergency. The First Minister has declared a global climate emergency. The evidence is irrefutable and the science is compelling. People are clear, they expect action and the world needs to act now, not least for future generations. We are leading this response. This was made clear when we acted immediately to the advice of the Committee on Climate Change by lodging amendments to our Climate Change Bill to set a 2045 target for net zero emissions. Just last week another warning was issued about the damage humans are…

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  • This week: 17/05/19

    17th May 2019 by

    Supporting Scotland’s produce Funding has been granted to initiatives across Scotland to help celebrate Scotland’s regional food and drink industries. A total of 23 projects will share £104,500 awarded via the Connect Local Regional Food Fund. Grant recipients include the Annan Harbour Festival, the Glenkens Food Month, and the Skye Food and Drink Festival. Commenting...

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  • This week: 10/05/19

    10th May 2019 by

    Deposit Return Scheme Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced Scotland’s new Deposit Return Scheme. The scheme will include aluminium and steel cans as well as drinks containers made of glass and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic with a 20p deposit as part of plans to combat climate change. The ambitious scheme is based on...

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  • This week: 03/05/19

    3rd May 2019 by

    New Climate Change proposals Scotland will go greener, faster under new, tougher climate change proposals. The Scottish Government has lodged amendments to the Climate Change Bill to set a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest. Read more on the latest climate change proposals  South of Scotland Economic Partnership...

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  • Listening to and acting on the scientific evidence

    1st May 2019 by

    By Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham The Scottish Government has declared a climate emergency. In recent weeks, the next generation has expressed, in growing numbers and with eloquence, sincerity and passion, their heartfelt concern for the planet they will inherit. Just last week, teenage activist Greta Thunberg accused the UK Government of not listening to...

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  • This week: 19/04/19

    18th April 2019 by

    Food Waste Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the launch of Zero Waste Scotland’s Food Waste campaign. Watch our advert on food waste Animal licensing Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon welcomed the consultation analysis responses on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland. Read more about...

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  • This week: 12/04/19

    12th April 2019 by

    LFASS payments Hill farmers and crofters operating in some of our most remote and marginalised areas will benefit from the commencement of LFASS payments worth more than £24 million. Around 11,000 eligible farmers and crofters will receive payment in coming weeks, with many having already taken the opportunity to receive up to 90% of their...

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  • In the news – Severe weather impact

    11th April 2019 by

    You may have seen the WWF report on the Economic Impact of Extreme Weather on Scottish Agriculture in the papers today. The report suggests that Scottish farmers lost up to £161 million due to the Beast from the East last year.

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  • This week: 05/04/19

    5th April 2019 by

    Littering from vehicles Tougher action on littering from vehicles is to be introduced as part of a future Circular Economy Bill, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced. With 1,300 bags – nearly 7 tonnes – of rubbish gathered from the sides of the M8 and M9 alone each month, action will be taken as soon...

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