Scotland’s nature needs urgent protection after Brexit
Scotland’s amazing natural environment is precious to us all, and the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted just how important it is for our health and wellbeing. It is one of our greatest assets, providing jobs, clean air and an abundance of natural resources.
Yet with 1 in 9 species at risk of extinction in Scotland, there’s no denying nature needs our help.
As we leave the European Union, we urgently need to make sure Scotland doesn’t lose the crucial environmental safeguards that come with EU membership. These are essential to protecting and restoring Scotland’s nature.
The Scottish government’s Continuity Bill contains proposals for establishing a new environment watchdog. But the proposals don’t go far enough, and would leave our natural environment at risk.
NOW is our chance to help nature by pushing for this bill to be as strong as it can be. We need a watchdog with the power and independence to enforce environmental protections in the way the EU has done. The ability to take action on specific complaints is a key strength of the EU system, and has allowed people to challenge decisions affecting their environment, on land and at sea. But it’s missing from the proposed Scottish watchdog. The bill must be amended to include this power – and to make the watchdog truly independent of government.
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We need strong laws to protect Scotland’s nature after Brexit. The Continuity Bill must be amended to empower the new watchdog to take enforcement action on complaints about specific decisions affecting people’s environment, and to strengthen its independence to ensure it has the teeth to enforce environmental protections.
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