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The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2022 to 2023

The River Tweed Commission (RTC) welcomes the publication of A stronger and more resilient Scotland: the Programme for Government 2022 to 2023. This sets out the actions the Scottish Government will take in the coming year and beyond and includes the legislative programme for this parliamentary year.

Clerk to the RTC Jamie Stewart commented;

“While the programme does not specifically set out objective targets identified within the Wild Salmon Strategy, we welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to reversing biodiversity decline and to the restoration of Scotland’s natural environment. The RTC and others have lobbied hard for change to the Forestry Grant Scheme to deliver improved support for tree planting around rivers and streams. We are working towards the mitigation of climate-related temperature increases through river shading and are pleased to read that our efforts and concerns in this area have been heard.

“We equally welcome the continued commitment to aid the restoration and enhancement of our natural environment through the £13 million Nature Restoration Fund. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and Tweed stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes for our river and the fish therein.”

The Programme for Government 2022 to 2023 has a main focus on the Cost of Living crisis. The environmental commitments can be found on pages 22 & 23

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