Rural and Environment

  • 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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  • International Day of Forests

    21st March 2017 by

    Today is the UN International Day of Forests 2017. The Scottish Government is committed to planting more trees. We have taken action to increase our planting targets from 10,000 ha a year to 15,000 ha by 2025.

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  • World Wildlife Day

    3rd March 2017 by

    Picture of red squirrel

    How we own, manage, control, conserve, promote, support and develop it matters hugely to this Government’s ambitions for our country and today on World Wildlife Day (Friday 3 March), I’m reflecting on recent successes and the challenges that lie ahead in protecting our wildlife.

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  • City greenspaces

    15th February 2017 by

    I am committed to continuing action on biodiversity protection, habitat restoration and encouraging our citizens to live more active and healthy lifestyles. Earlier this week, right in the heart of urban Scotland, I saw this in action.

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