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The Link Blog is a space for members, and others, to express their views about the natural environment.

It includes our year plan and Agriculture Bill series, as well as our Blueprint for Water focused blogs.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Emma Adler..


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Environmental law endangered

Published on: 26 October 2016

Doubt has been cast on the Prime Minister’s recent assurance that a Great Repeal Bill will transfer the body of EU law into UK law, leaving environmental protection in doubt. A strong, target-driven 25 year environment plan is needed more than ever.

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Control toxic chemicals and make Brexit safe

Published on: 24 October 2016

The Government will need to consider the full range of EU Laws that protect the environment – a much more complex and difficult task than may be realised

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We cannot risk the long term survival of UK birds

Published on: 20 October 2016

As nature knows no boundaries it’s vital that birds are given the same protection here as they are overseas. It’s essential that any emerging legal protection for our most special places for wildlife across the UK is consistent with international best practice, and at least equivalent to that currently provided by the EU Birds Directive.

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Keeping the 25 Year Plan alive for 25 years

Published on: 17 October 2016

The 25 year environment plan must be more than a token gesture. It is essential to ensure future governments can be held to account if they don’t deliver. For this reason, the plan
must have a robust governance framework.

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Farms can be vibrant businesses with thriving wildlife

Published on: 13 October 2016

“Improved health, wealth and environment for the British people” – why Link member Harry Greenfield welcomes the outcome of the NFU’s consultation on the future of farming.

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A milestone in species protection

Published on: 10 October 2016

At the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) a record number of proposals to regulate (Appendix II) or prohibit (Appendix I) international commercial trade in various species were submitted, and the majority were adopted, many by consensus.

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Five fights that still need to be won

Published on: 5 October 2016

This week, the Government confirmed that “EU law will be transposed into domestic law” on the day the UK leaves the EU. This huge legislative graft will be the work of a Great Repeal Act, which will formally end the primacy of EU law in the UK.

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