NORTH EAST MOUNTAIN TRUST
A Quality Future for Mountaineers and Hill-Walkers
Lynx to Scotland is a comprehensive study to accurately evaluate the social feasibility of returning the Eurasian lynx to selected areas.
The EU's world-renowned environmental protections no longer apply to Scotland. MSPs at Holyrood passed the EU Continuity Bill in December, setting out how Scotland will protect its natural environment outside the EU. The bill embeds key EU environment principles in Scots law and will set up a new Scottish environment watchdog, Environmental Standards Scotland. .
We need MSPs to legislate to provide full legal protection for our nature and wildlife. At the very least, this should match the protection provided by the former EU directives.
As we approach the Holyrood election in May, please write to as many candidates as you can, asking that they include this in their campaign material. We want all the parties to commit to this in their manifestos and the first step is to get MSPs and prospective MSPs thinking that it’s important.
Mountaineering and Hill-walking are amongst Scotland's most popular pastimes. In the North East, we are privileged to have access to some of Scotland's finest mountains, with outdoor options ranging from short strolls to as much adventure as any of us could ever wish for.
With the advent of the Scottish Parliament, legislation is appearing that significantly affects our mountains. Major decisions are being made by politicians and civil servants in Brussels, Edinburgh and our Local Councils.
Modern legislation is leading to a lot more consultation. There are more opportunities for all of us to get involved. There is more information to be read and digested. There are more documents to be commented on. You can do these things by yourself but, for many of us, the best way is as part of a like-minded team.
NEMT was set up in 1980 to ensure that we can influence how our mountains are managed and used. It acts as an umbrella group, representing groups of clubs making a co-operative team effort.
If we are to continue to enjoy our favourite pastime, it is imperative we are fully aware of developments and do not put our heads in the sand. NEMT provides a vehicle for involvement in the debates that are shaping the future of our heritage.
Remember ... "You don't know what you've got till it's gone."
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