Rural and Environment

  • 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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  • £3 million for snowsports

    30th January 2021 by

    Snowsports centres across Scotland are to share a £3 million funding package to support them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. £2 million funding was originally announced in December but has now been increased to £3 million. The funding will support snowsports centres that have been forced to close due to Level 4 restrictions to curtail...

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  • £3 million for snowsports

    30th January 2021 by

    Snowsports centres across Scotland are to share a £3 million funding package to support them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. £2 million funding was originally announced in December but has now been increased to £3 million. The funding will support snowsports centres that have been forced to close due to Level 4 restrictions to curtail...

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  • Compensation needed for Scotland’s food and drink businesses

    14th January 2021 by

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has urged the UK Government to provide compensation to Scotland’s beleaguered food and drink sector as a result of the current trade issues. The sector is currently facing a series of challenging impacts as a result of the Brexit deal establishing new non-tariff barriers. This is compounded by the coronavirus...

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  • Update on seafood sector exports

    12th January 2021 by

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing met key seafood businesses and organisations this afternoon to discuss the ongoing issues affecting trade. Following the meeting, he said: “The plain facts are these very serious problems have arisen because of Brexit and the UK Government’s failure to agree to proposals about how to implement it – in particular...

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  • Post-Brexit seafood export delays

    7th January 2021 by

    Responding to reports of delays with exporting seafood from Scotland to the EU as a result of post-Brexit arrangements, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing issued a statement. He said: “The Scottish Government, together with Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Scottish Local Authorities, have been working intensively for many months to mitigate the worst impacts of...

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  • UK Emissions Trading Scheme

    14th December 2020 by

    Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham comments on the UK Government's decision to commit to a UK Trading Emissions Scheme

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  • Devolved powers under threat

    8th December 2020 by

    Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on the implications of the UK Government's failure to commit to a UK Emissions Trading Scheme

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  • Response to new UK emissions target

    4th December 2020 by

    Commenting on today’s announcement from the UK Government that, as part of their nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement, they are targeting a 68% cut in emissions by 2030, Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The news that the UK Government is targeting a 68% cut in emissions by 2030 is welcome...

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  • Update on Environmental Standards Scotland

    4th December 2020 by

    Chair and members put forward for appointment. The Scottish Government has today announced its intention to recommend the former Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Jim Martin, as Chair of Scotland’s new environmental body, Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS). It is proposed that the Chair will be supported by four other members with experience of the environment sector...

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