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Welcome to Link’s news - a roundup of what's happened in October. 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.

Government creating gaping Brexit environmental legal loopholes, warn charities
A major coalition of twenty-eight environment and wildlife organisations are warning that despite welcome commitments on environmental protections, the UK Government could still create loopholes in environmental law as part of the Brexit transition. This could have damaging consequences for the environment and animal more.

International leadership starts at home – Link’s annual debate

With a panel of expert speakers including George Monbiot, Good Energy’s Juliet Davenport and WWF-UK Chief Executive Tanya Steele, Link’s 2017 annual debate will discuss how the Government can be a global leader for environmental and animal welfare standards. An event not to be missed and open to all, make sure you save the date in your diary – Monday 4 December, WWF Living Planet Centre, Woking. Register here.

How can we invest in nature?

This month, Link convened a seminar to explore innovative approaches to funding conservation. Hearing from five expert speakers, discussions ranged from identifying local natural capital, to working with international authorities to raise green bonds. Link is now working those that attended the seminar to establish future priorities and explore how Link and its members, with other partners, can best progress these initiatives. For further information, contact Emma Pereira.

Marine Strategy Framework Directive workshop

Members from Marine Working Groups across our UK network of sister Links came together in Bristol this month to discuss the future of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Transposed into UK law as the Marine Strategy 2010 Regulations, this piece of EU legislation requires the UK to implement all necessary measures to achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ of our seas and is reviewed every six years. With Brexit looming, members discussed what a Post-Brexit framework might look like, as well as identifying which targets could be improved in the second cycle.

Staff changes at Link

This month, we were delighted to welcome Emma Adler to the Link team as Communications Manager. Covering for Sarah Bernard while she is on adoption leave, Emma joins Link with a wealth of experience in the charity, private and public sectors. Emma can be contacted at

In early November, Spencer Clubb, Link’s Head of Policy and Campaigns, will be moving to Edinburgh to be closer to the mountains. Spencer made a huge contribution to Link’s work and Link is currently recruiting for his successor.

October Blogs

Blogs in October covered a wide variety of subjects includingconservation finance, celebrating the Government’s proposed total ban on ivory, and the risks and opportunities around invasive species once the UK leaves the EU. To mark the launch of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trusts’ #TimeToBeHeard campaign, Richard Benwell from WWT penned a blog about the importance of a robust Government 25 Year Environment Plan.

Link also published blogs to coincide with two important conferences: the Extinction and Livestock Conference, hosted by Compassion in World Farming and WWF-UK, and the first ever Farmer Cluster Conference, hosted by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and Natural England.

Finally, Link published a guest blog from Jane Thomas, at Unlock Democracy, about how the Withdrawal Bill is the most significant piece of legislation the UK has seen in a generation.

To contribute a blog for the Link website, please contact Emma Adler.

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.