Rural and Environment

  • Environment Secretary: ‘Global climate emergency has not gone away’

    7th October 2020 by

    Environment and Climate Change Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham today responded to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) 2020 statutory Scottish Progress Report. She said: “While in recent months coronavirus (COVID-19) has rightly been the overwhelming focus of governments across the world, the global climate emergency has not gone away – far from it – and this...

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  • Sustainable Tourism

    19th September 2020 by

    Blog piece from Rural Economy & Tourism Secretary on Sustainable Tourism as part of Climate Week

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  • Climate Week 2020

    14th September 2020 by

    Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham discusses Climate Week 2020, an opportunity for us to focus on Scotland’s green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Progress made to establish Scotland’s Climate Assembly

    8th September 2020 by

    Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham comments on progress being made to establish Scotland’s Climate Assembly

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  • First CAP loan payments

    4th September 2020 by

    Farmers and crofters have been given early access to almost £296 million in loans to support them through Brexit and the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The first run of National Basic Payment Support Scheme payments was made to 11,885 farmers and crofters this week. This is the earliest that the payments have started since the annual...

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  • Concern for small breweries

    19th August 2020 by

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has called on the UK Government to reconsider proposed changes to the Small Brewers Duty Relief which could disadvantage Scottish micro and craft breweries. In a letter to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice, Mr Ewing expressed concern that the changes would be financially damaging...

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  • Action on raptor persecution and wildlife crime

    13th August 2020 by

    Wildlife crime will not be tolerated in Scotland and we are taking decisive action to end it.

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  • Supporting green innovation in farming

    22nd July 2020 by

    Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon announces £170,000 of investment through the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) to enable farmers, crofters and land managers create improved opportunities for nature and adapt to climate change

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  • Peatland Restoration fund open for new applications

    20th July 2020 by

    By Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham The Covid-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented global crisis which has fundamentally affected every aspect of our lives. But the global climate emergency and biodiversity challenge have not gone away and addressing them must form a central part of our green recovery, helping deliver an economy focussed...

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  • Compensate farmers for Brexit losses

    10th July 2020 by

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing is calling for sheep farmers to be compensated for their losses if the UK Government fails to secure a comprehensive trade deal with the EU this year. Given the additional disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mr Ewing is repeating his call for a compensation scheme for farmers. A...

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