The First Minister’s Environmental Council, the group of independent international experts tasked with advising the Scottish Government on environmental issues, has published its first report.
Presented at COP26, the report analyses Scotland’s ambitions and response to the twin climate and natural crises, notes international examples of environmental action and sets out the future work programme of the council. Use of land and marine resources are among the key areas where the council advise that further, urgent action is particularly important.
The report is published as the Scottish Government launches a new website for tracking progress towards achieving its environmental ambitions. Based on Scotland’s Environment Strategy, the site is designed to ensure clear and accessible information on Scotland’s environmental performance is available to the public.
The First Minister’s Environmental Council is a newly established advisory group to the Scottish Government, made up of 14 international experts members include leading scientists, climate and nature professionals. The main purpose of the First Minister’s Environmental Council is to advise the government on international best practices and keep Scotland at the forefront of tackling the climate emergency and ecological decline.