Rural and Environment

  • New animal licensing regulations to come in to force

    30th August 2021 by

    Statement from Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon on animal licensing regulations to come in to force from 1st September

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  • Clean Air Day

    17th June 2021 by

    Short quote from Environment Minister welcoming Clean Air Day 2021.

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  • Just transition to Net Zero

    6th June 2021 by

    First person piece by Richard Lochhead on Scotland's journey to achieving net zero emissions

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  • Rural Affairs Minister updates Parliament on proposals to protect the welfare of animals during transport

    15th March 2021 by

    Following closure of the public consultation on the recommendations made by the Farm Animal Welfare Committee in its Opinion on the Welfare of Animals During Transport, the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment Ben Macpherson has today updated Parliament on the Scottish Government’s current considerations.  Mr Macpherson said: “We understand the concerns raised...

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  • World Wildlife Day

    3rd March 2021 by

    Ben Macpherson, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment – UN World Wildlife Day FROM mountain hares and sea eagles to porpoises and whales, Scotland boasts some incredible wildlife. This World Wildlife Day, people across the globe will join together – to appreciate the natural world around them, to learn more about the importance...

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  • World Wildlife Day

    3rd March 2021 by

    Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment Ben Macpherson – UN World Wildlife Day.  FROM mountain hares and sea eagles to porpoises and whales, Scotland boasts some incredible wildlife. This World Wildlife Day, people across the globe will join together – to appreciate the natural world around them, to learn more about the importance...

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  • Restoring our peatlands is a huge win for Scotland

    16th February 2021 by

    Writing in Scotland on Sunday, Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham discusses how peatland restoration can help in our global fight against climate change.  CARBON gold – not often words that spring to mind when thinking about Scotland’s boggy landscape. Yet that is exactly what our peatlands are – huge stores of carbon created...

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  • Working together to maximise the potential of our land.

    5th February 2021 by

    Regional Land Use Partnerships are being piloted to help develop Scotland’s approach to land use in support of our green recovery and transition to net-zero. The Partnerships will help national and local government, communities, land owners and stakeholders work together to find ways to optimise land use in a fair and inclusive way – meeting...

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  • 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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