“Who will guard the guards themselves?” is the literal translation of the ancient rhetorical question “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”. Governments make decisions on behalf of the people, but what if they are poor decisions or the people disagree? This is a key concern with our departure from the European Union, where currently the European Commission provides an excellent opportunity to hold power to account. Anybody can complain … [continue reading] We need a Scottish Environment Act to help deliver thriving seas
Over 25 million biological records have been collected in Scotland, describing the location of 5,866 species. And behind each of these records is a biological recorder whose expertise has helped document our natural world. Together, these thousands of recorders, often volunteers who generously donate their time, stand on the shoulders of many generations of Scottish naturalists, all fascinated in understanding and recording our natural world. … [continue reading] Biological data is at the heart of environmental protection
Non-regression is a well-established principle in international law, probably most commonly associated with human rights. However, it is increasingly acknowledged as a key parameter in environmental decision-making. In terms of the environment it means the rules, standards and practices that are already adopted by states can’t be changed if this means that environmental standards will be weakened. … [continue reading] Never Go Back – why we need non-regression to be embedded in Scots law
Environmental protections have been referenced a lot in the context of Brexit. And with good reason: overall, joint action across the EU has been a good thing, enabling us to tackle environmental issues such as pollution and climate change in a coordinated way across 28 different countries. Environmental policy has been an EU competence for … [continue reading]
Brexit has kicked off a debate across the UK about Environmental Governance, but what do we actually mean by this and how could it affect our iconic wildlife here in Scotland?
Environmental Governance is essentially about environmental protections being turned into action. … [continue reading] Why we need a new watchdog to guard Scotland’s natural environment
Yes, is the resounding answer. This is why environmental charities are calling for this principle to be embedded in Scots law, alongside other important environmental law principles. What is the polluter pays principle? It is only logical that those who produce pollution should bear the costs of managing it. This helps prevent damage to human … [continue reading]