Policy Briefs

Our topical Policy Briefs bring together the ecological evidence on key policy topics in a clear, digestible form.

Get Involved

For more information on a topic, to speak to relevant experts or to suggest a future topic, contact Brendan Costelloe, Policy Manager.

 

Our Policy Briefs

BES Scottish Policy Brief: Climate Change

May 2019

(274 KB pdf)

The BES-SPG has produced a briefing for the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill to provide context in terms of the likely impacts of climate change on Scotland’s natural environment.

Download BES Scottish Policy Brief: Climate Change pdf

BES Policy Brief: 25 Year Environment Plan

January 2018

(617 KB pdf)

The 25 Year Environment Plan set out by the Government on 11th January 2018 has been met with a mixed response by the environmental community. Its scope and ambition have been praised, both in terms of breath of issues the Plan covers and the ability for long term planning provided by the 25 year timeframe. This has set the Plan apart from previous environmental policies however, concerns have been raised that, in many instances, it does not go far enough and lacks legislative clout. We have tried to highlight the best, worst, and least certain aspects of the Plan in this summary piece. We have concentrated on those issues our members might find most interesting, and on new initiatives, not those in which it is merely proposing to ‘continue support for’ or similar.

Download BES Policy Brief: 25 Year Environment Plan pdf

BES Policy Brief: 2017 Party Manifestos

June 2017

(228 KB pdf)

Our Manifesto Briefing provides a breakdown of the main policy pledges, for the 2017 General Election, from the seven main political parties across six policy areas of interest to us and our members.

Download BES Policy Brief: 2017 Party Manifestos pdf

BES Policy Brief: Ecology Matters

An Introduction to Ecology for Policymakers

June 2015

(1 MB pdf)

Why does ecology matter? Ecology matters gives a short introduction to the science of ecology, the impact of ecological research, and what we can offer policymakers.

Download BES Policy Brief: Ecology Matters pdf

BES Policy Brief: The Impact of Extreme Events on Freshwater Ecosystems

Executive Summary

June 2013

(930 KB pdf)

This policy brief summarises the Ecological Issues report, and considers the ecological impacts of extreme weather events, especially flooding, and the potential for natural flood management approaches to deliver benefits for both people and biodiversity.

Download BES Policy Brief: The Impact of Extreme Events on Freshwater Ecosystems pdf

BES Report: The Impact of Extreme Events on Freshwater Ecosystems

Full Report

June 2013

(7 MB pdf)

This comprehensive Ecological Issues report considers the ecological impacts of extreme weather events, especially flooding, and the potential for natural flood management approaches to deliver benefits for both people and biodiversity.

Download BES Report: The Impact of Extreme Events on Freshwater Ecosystems pdf

BES Scottish Policy Brief: The Impact of Extreme Events on Freshwater Ecosystems

Executive Summary for Scotland

June 2013

(1 MB pdf)

This policy brief considers the ecological impacts of extreme weather events, especially flooding, and the potential for natural flood management approaches to deliver benefits for both people and biodiversity.

This version of the brief includes Scottish case studies.

Download BES Scottish Policy Brief: The Impact of Extreme Events on Freshwater Ecosystems pdf