Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform

Current role holder: Mairi McAllan MSP

Mairi McAllan MSP

Mairi McAllan MSP was appointed as the Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform in May 2021.


Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport and Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands.

Specific responsibilities are:

  • land reform and land use
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • environmental quality
  • natural resources, peatland and flooding
  • Scottish Land Commission
  • Hydro Nation
  • Drinking Water Quality Regulator
  • private water
  • forestry and woodlands
  • Forestry and Land Scotland
  • Scottish Forestry
  • EU Support and related services
  • Forest Research (cross-border services)
  • environmental and climate justice
  • Crown Estate Scotland
  • marine planning
  • national parks and natural heritage
  • plant health
  • GM


Previously a special adviser to the First Minister on environment, climate changeland reform and renewable energy policy, Mairi McAllan was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2021 to represent the constituency of Clydesdale.

Ms McAllan grew up and was educated in the town of Biggar in South Lanarkshire, before studying Scots law at the University of Glasgow. She went on to co-found the human rights organisation RebLaw Scotland.