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Wildlife and Countryside Link News

Welcome to Link’s news - a roundup of what's happened in August. For updates from our working groups, please go to the policy hub. If you would like to submit news items for our monthly e-bulletin, please contact Zoe Davies. To subscribe please enter your email at the bottom of the page.

Withdrawal Bill: E-action and blog

Following publication of the European Union Withdrawal Bill (also known as the Repeal Bill'), Link launched a campaign page to promote its joint e-action with Greener UK: Take Action for the Environment. The action enables members of the public to contact their MP to remind them of their crucial role in defending current environmental laws, as well as ensuring our laws are not vulnerable to future change as we prepare to exit the UK.

Richard Benwell, Head of Parliamentary Affairs at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and Co-Chair of Link’s 25 Year Plan Group, wrote a blog about how, in its current form, the Bill puts the principles of environmental law at risk, such as the precautionary and polluter pays principles. Through our e-action, we will be asking Parliamentarians across the House to amend the Bill to preserve the spirit of environmental law in the UK.

Link is recruiting

Link is recruiting for a Communications Manager to provide part time adoption leave cover for 12 months. Details can be found on the Vacancies section of the Link website. Please contact Link’s Director, Elaine King, if you are interested in exploring a secondment arrangement.

Seminar on investing in Nature

Having attended a Sustainable Finance Course for the environment sector at Oxford University, Emma Pereira is currently working on a project focussing on improving funding for conservation activities. Looking at options for sustainable, long-term investments into nature, four experts will be speaking at a Link seminar in October to explore this subject. The afternoon event will be held on 23 October, with contributions from individuals within NGOs and local government, who will provide members with an overview of new innovative mechanisms for investing better in our environment. For further information and to book your place, please contact Emma Pereira.

August Blogs

During August, Link published blogs on a wide range of issues. Rachel Wyatt, from the Marine Conservation Society, wrote a blog promoting the #binit4beaches campaign. The campaign aims to stop people flushing wet wipes down the toilet, and instead put them in the bin, as the number of wet wipes found on UK beaches has increased by almost 700% over the last decade.

The Government has committed to introducing mandatory CCTV in English slaughterhouses, and David Bowles, at the RSPCA, posited that this may be the first sign of a ‘Brexit spring’. And Mark Jones, at the Born Free Foundation, commended key Government advisory bodies, CMS and CITES, for uniting to find ways to improve protection for wildlife.

Responding to the Government’s position paper on enforcement post-Brexit, Matthew Stanton, from WWF-UK, discussed the important role that the EU Court of Justice plays in safeguarding the environment, and why governance arrangements are crucial in any UK-EU deal.

Link also published a guest blog in August by Becky Robertson and Claire Wordley, researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Conservation Evidence project. They encouraged environmental NGOs to become Evidence Champions to ensure their conservation work is underpinned by the very best science.

To write a blog for the Link website, please contact Zoe Davies.

Link is on LinkedIn and Twitter

Link has a presence on the professional networking site LinkedIn, which includes updates on our blogs, news alerts and job opportunities. Take a look at our page and follow us to keep up to date with our work.

The Link team also regularly tweets news and comment on Twitter, as does Link’s Director, Elaine King.