Rural and Environment

  • Towards a Greener Scotland: Recycle Week and Household Waste Statistics

    25th September 2018 by

    With the introduction of new policies and abolition of others, recent years have seen Scotland approach its war on waste with warrior-like determination. From shopping bags to drinking straws, we’re continuing to siphon out some of the most damaging habits of today’s disposable culture to help protect our environment, wildlife and planet.   Recyle Week...

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  • Environmental news round-up

    19th September 2018 by

    It’s been a busy past few weeks for Scotland’s environmental and rural agenda. A number of events, visits and strategies have been taking place in a combined effort to address animal welfare, climate change and environmental damage in Scotland. Further efforts to grow Scotland’s venison sector have also been introduced. Here is our round up...

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  • Taking action against climate change

    14th September 2018 by

    As part of our ongoing efforts to both highlight climate change as a Scottish Government priority and encourage individuals to take more preventative action, Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has travelled to San Francisco to take part in the Global Climate Action Summit 2018. The visit has been an excellent opportunity to stimulate conversation surrounding the...

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  • Another busy Summer recess

    3rd September 2018 by

    Summer recess provides a welcome opportunity to get out and about in Scotland, attending shows from the Highlands to the South West, visiting communities and businesses and hearing first-hand how things are in our rural economy. Every conversation I have, I am struck by the creativity and resilience farmers, crofters and food producers have shown in responding to the challenges this year’s weather have brought. I am truly impressed with the way that people and communities have pulled together to tackle problems and help each other out.

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  • 29th June 2018 by

    Proposals for an Environment Strategy is an opportunity to establish us as a country that is leading global cation to address environmental challenges, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham writes.

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  • Stability, certainty and simplicity in rural support

    22nd June 2018 by

    “No change is not an option.” However unpalatable that may be to some in rural Scotland, that was one of the conclusions of the Agriculture Champions and a premises echoed by the National Council of Rural Advisers (NCRA) recent report. Change is therefore inevitable and we must now decide how radical we wish to be, and importantly, how fast we wish to change. I believe our rural businesses and communities deserve a semblance of security and this consultation sets out options to try and achieve this.

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  • Importance of in-market specialists to Scotland’s Food and Drink

    13th June 2018 by

    Ahead of today’s Food & Drink Global Market Insights event in Falkirk, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing outlines the importance of in-market specialists to Scotland’s food and drink industry. “Scotland is blessed with a Natural Larder that is renowned and valued all over the world. We are a Land of Food and Drink, with a...

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  • Next steps on environmental governance

    1st June 2018 by

    Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham comments on the Roundtable on Climate Change and the Environment's environmental governance post Brexit report.

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  • Action on single-use items

    30th May 2018 by

    The Scottish Government is removing single-use coffee cups from its main buildings from SG. Find out more from Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

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  • GDPR  – a change to data protection law

    24th May 2018 by

    The General Data Protection Regulations comes into force on May 25, 2018, giving individuals more control over their personal data, and ensuring that organisations collect and process that information properly and securely. To find out more about GDPR, visit the Information Commissioner’s website.

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