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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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Ballast Water Management – Why does it matter?

Published on: 18 September 2016

Last week Finland ratified the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention. The 52nd contracting party tipped the target of 35% world shipping tonnage and triggered entry into force by September 2017. We’ve been waiting a long time for this as the convention was adopted way back in 2004 and yet the UK has consistently decided not to sign up or ratify the Convention. Despite this, many UK vessels are likely to have to comply with the convention requirements to trade with signatories of the convention, which include Germany, Russia and the Netherlands.


The World Conservation Congress – Talking shop or true force for change?

Published on: 16 September 2016

At the beginning of September, more than 9,000 experts descended on the Hawaii Convention Center on the Pacific island of Oahu for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s 6th World Conservation Congress. The triennial 10-day Congress is the largest global forum focussed specifically on addressing the challenges facing nature and wildlife.


We need to protect, cherish and love our seas

Published on: 6 September 2016

NGOs are oft-criticised for crying wolf. Yet time-scales of people’s lives are extremely short relative to the geological change that occurs on the planet. Adaptation and evolution are extremely slow, clumsy processes that take time to catch up with environmental conditions.


Our best chance for farm reform

Published on: 1 September 2016

The Environment Department recently published an obituary to farmland wildlife. Defra’s Natural Environment Indicators showed long and short-term decline in birds and butterflies and rapid short-term deterioration of water quality across the country.


We need a resilient and dynamic farming industry

Published on: 17 August 2016

When it comes to farming and the environment it feels like Governments have been tinkering at the margins for a long time. Public money paid to farmers through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has done a decent job in recent years helping farmers to make field edges places that can support wildlife: improving hedgerows, field margins and encouraging wildlife...


Brexit promises more change for the planning system

Published on: 9 August 2016

With the housing crisis and economic growth at the forefront of politicians and policy makers’ minds the planning system has been in a constant state of flux over the last few years. Our impending ‘Brexit’ from the EU promises yet more change ahead.


UK adopts EU legislation to tackle invasive species

Published on: 3 August 2016

On the 13 July 2016 the European Commission adopted the first EU list of 37 invasive alien species (IAS), the associated restrictions and obligations of which will come into force on 3 August 2016 in the UK.


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