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  1. Response to the Climate Change Committee: progress reducing emissions – report to Parliament 2021

    In December 2021, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its annual report on progress in reducing emissions in Scotland, assessing the government’s climate change mitigation activity. This report addresses the CCC’s recommendations.

  2. Climate Change Plan: monitoring reports 2022

    The second annual statutory monitoring report against the updated 2018 Climate Change Plan, as per the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  3. Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement: analysis of consultation responses

    A report on the analysis of the responses to the consultation on the Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement.

  4. Transforming derelict land

    Grants awarded from £50 million fund.

  5. Scottish Natural Capital Accounts 2022

    This report estimates quantity and value of services supplied by Scotland's natural capital.

  6. Promoting responsible investment in Scotland’s natural assets

    New principles to develop a socially fairer, high-integrity market.

  7. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  8. More transparency on land ownership

    New public register to launch.

  9. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  10. Economic Crime Bill

    Greater powers to fight corruption.

  11. Sustainable and regenerative farming - next steps: statement

    Information about how we will support farming and food production in Scotland to become a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

  12. Rural Payments and Inspections Division (RPID): customer satisfaction survey 2021

    The RPID customer satisfaction survey was held throughout August and the first week of September and all RPID Single Application Form customers were included. The survey was entirely online and 2147 (14%) of customers completed the survey.

  13. Scotland's Climate Assembly - recommendations for action: SG response

    Scotland's Climate Assembly published their full report on 23 June 2021. It included 81 recommendations for the Scottish Government, who had six months to respond. This response sets out the existing and proposed actions that government will take in order to address their recommendations.

  14. Pesticide usage in Scotland: soft fruit 2020

    This publication presents information from a survey of pesticide use on soft fruit crops grown in Scotland during 2020.

  15. Pesticide usage in Scotland: arable crops and potato stores 2020

    This publication presents information from a survey of pesticide use on arable crops and potato stores in Scotland during 2020.

  16. Community Ownership in Scotland 2020

    Annual publication showing the extent of community ownership in Scotland.

  17. Transforming derelict land

    First grants awarded from new £50 million fund.

  18. Scottish Land Court and Lands Tribunal for Scotland to be unified

    Streamlined service to provide one stop shop for land and property issues.

  19. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - asset transfers: social value guidance

    Guidance on social value for the relevant authorities when they are considering asset transfer applications, and should be considered as one part of their overall decision making process.

  20. Land use strategy 2016-2021: second annual progress report

    Second annual progress report on the land use strategy, as required under Section 37A of The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019. It covers the period of March 2020 to March 2021.

  21. Land use - getting the best from our land: strategy 2021 to 2026

    Scotland's Third Land Use Strategy sets out our vision, objectives and policies to achieve sustainable land use. The strategy covers the next five years and aims to provide a more holistic understanding of our land, the demands we place upon it and the benefits we get from our land.

  22. Bioenergy: update - March 2021

    Considers the potential role for bioenergy to support our net zero greenhouse emissions targets and outlines how we intend to move forward over the next 18 to 24 months to understand the most appropriate and sustainable use of bioenergy resources in Scotland.

  23. Engaging communities in decisions relating to land - guidance: review

    This review examines the effectiveness of the guidance on engaging communities in decisions relating to land and any further steps which should be taken to improve the effectiveness of the guidance.

  24. Environment, natural resources and agriculture research: strategy 2022 to 2027

    We fund a multi-million pound portfolio of research on the environment, natural resources and agriculture. This strategy outlines our vision, priorities and mechanisms for funding the next cycle of research which starts in 2022.

  25. Scottish Land Fund: evaluation

    Independent evaluation of the Scottish Land Fund, commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by Mark Diffley. It reviews the operation of the fund and makes recommendations for the future.

  26. Attitudes to land reform: research

    This report outlines the main findings from research exploring public attitudes to land reform.

  27. Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land: Explanatory Document

    This document is intended to help readers of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land) (Scotland) Regulations 2021. It should be read alongside the Regulations.

  28. Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land: BRIA

    Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) which evaluates the impacts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 on businesses in Scotland.

  29. Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land: DPIA

    Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) which evaluates the impacts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 in terms of data and privacy.

  30. Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land: EQIA

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) which evaluates the impacts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 on equality issues.

  31. Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 - relinquishment and assignation provisions: islands community impact assessment

    Islands Community Impact Assessment for the implementation of the Relinquishment and Assignation provisions contained within the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  32. Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development: information and guidance leaflet for community bodies, landowners and other interested parties

    A leaflet providing useful information and tips to anyone involved in the Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development process - Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 .

  33. Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development: easy read version for community groups

    A short guide for community groups giving details of the steps required to be undertaken when submitting an application under Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  34. Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development: information for landowners, tenants and creditors

    A guide for landowners, tenants and creditors to Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 detailing the steps undertaken on receipt of an application for consent to exercise the right to buy land to further sustainable development.

  35. Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development: application guidance

    Main guidance for parties involved in application to buy land to further sustainable development - part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 .

  36. The Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development: information for communities

    A guide for communities explaining Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 in respect of The Right to Buy Land To Further Sustainable Development.

  37. The right to buy land to further sustainable development: EQIA

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for legislation to bring into force part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  38. The right to buy land to further sustainable development: DPIA

    Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) for legislation to bring into force part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  39. The right to buy land to further sustainable development: BRIA

    Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)for legislation to bring into force part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  40. The right to buy land to further sustainable development: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the consultation for legislation to bring into force part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  41. Community ownership is increasing across Scotland

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  42. The right to buy land to further sustainable development: consultation

    Consultation on regulations to bring Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 into force.

  43. Delivering improved transparency in land ownership in Scotland: consultation analysis

    This report presents an analysis of responses to our consultation on land reform.

  44. Community right to buy legislation: information events

    Public events across Scotland to discuss community right to buy, community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land and the right to buy land to further sustainable development.

  45. Housing land audits: research project

    Assessment of housing land audits (HLAs) for consistency and compliance, their potential for standardisation and their role in development plan delivery.

  46. Small landholdings: landownership and registration - report

    Research about how small landholdings (SLHs) were established and how their ownership has changed over time.

  47. Small landholdings: landownership and registration - research summary

    An insight and narrative into how small landholdings (SLHs) were established and how their ownership has changed over time, as recommended by the Review of Legislation Governing Small Landholdings in Scotland.

  48. Community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land: application form

    Application form and guidance for community bodies wishing to apply to exercise the right to buy land under community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land.

  49. Community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land: easy read version

    A short guide for community groups to Part 3A of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 relating to abandoned, neglected or detrimental land.

  50. Community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land: information leaflet for community bodies

    An overview of the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land process for community bodies, landowners and other interested parties regarding applications.

  51. Community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land: information for landowners and creditors

    Information for landowners and creditors in relation Part 3A of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 relating to community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land.

  52. Environment and Land Reform: relations between non-governmental organisations and community groups

    The report examines relations between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community groups in the light of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

  53. Small landholdings legislation: guide to the law in Scotland

    There are only a few Small Landholdings left in Scotland and these are governed by complex, historic legislation. This guide summarises key legal elements for those with an interest.

  54. Land reform community mapping tool: guidance

    Guidance for communities on how to use our community mapping tool to define their community boundaries and areas.

  55. Community ownership is increasing in Scotland

    An Official (Experimental - Data under development) Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  56. Local community land transfer in Skye

    Forestry land at Fairy Pools to be owned by community group.

  57. Making more of Scotland’s land

    Vision for land rights and responsibilities.

  58. Urban right to buy

    Community group is first to benefit in urban area.

  59. Small landholdings in Scotland: legislation review

    Review of the legislation governing small landholdings in Scotland and supporting consultation analysis.

  60. Guidance for land owners

    Consultation on best way to engage local communities.

  61. Scottish Land Fund awards

    11 community groups share £2.1 million to develop community spaces.

  62. Greater power for Scotland's communities.

    Community Empowerment Act

  63. £350K to support community ownership

    Funding will enable communities to buy out buildings and land.

  64. Community right to buy: information for communities

    A short guidance booklet on Community Right to Buy for communities who might wish to use it to register an interest in land.

  65. Community right to buy: information for landowners and creditors

    Guidance booklet on Community Right to Buy for landowners and creditors, including implications of an application being received against land you own.

  66. Part 1 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: code of practice

    Guidance on procedures for answering local inquiries regarding the Act, including core path plans.

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