Scottish Environment LINK

Scottish Environment LINK is a non-governmental organisation representing 37 organisations members working to contribute to a more environmentally sustainable society in Scotland.

LINK’s main activities are : information sharing discussion, joint actions, assisting communication between its members and the government to ensure the good protection of the environment in Scottish policies and legislation.

Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations. We have over 35 member bodies representing a range of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society. LINK’s work programme is developed and delivered by five main groups: Economics, Governance, Land, Marine and Planning. These encompass diverse and interconnected issues including biodiversity, landscape, land use, climate, food and farming.

Tell us a bit more about the main activities, campaigns and/or projects you are working on at the moment?

Species Champions is our award-winning campaign which pairs up MSPs with a species to raise awareness about the species and potential threats they may face. This way, MSPs become more aware of biodiversity loss and can champion Scotland’s unique environment. LINK works hard on environmental justice and is scoping out the potential for a Scottish environmental law centre. LI

NK members participate in the wider civil society coalition Stop Climate Chaos Scotland to bring action on climate change.

What does EEB membership mean to your organisation? How does it help you in your daily work and to bring about the changes you would like to see in Europe and beyond?

EEB is an important platform for SEL members, especially as negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the EU continue. It is key for our members to have close links with European partners to ensure joined-up action for the environment. We appreciate the EEB’s focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and hope this can be further enhanced in the future.

Do you have a recent success story that you would like to share with us?

Through its Save Scottish Seas campaign, LINK calls for a healthy well-managed marine environment. Campaign efforts have secured the designation of 30 new nature conservation Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters in 2014, plus a Special Area of Conservation for harbor porpoise – the largest of its kind in Europe in 2016.

A number of LINK members working on the Have you Got The Bottle? campaign were successful as the Scottish Government committed to introducing a deposit return scheme.

For more information:

Emma Ernsth, Membership and Development Manager, European Environmental Bureau

+32 2 790 88 10