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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-03573

Developing Forestry in Scotland

Submitted by: Fergus Ewing, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, January 23, 2017

Supported by: Humza Yousaf
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Motions as amended

That the Parliament acknowledges the contribution that woods and forests make to Scotland’s people, communities, economy and environment; notes ministers’ intention to complete the devolution of forestry so that its management in Scotland is fully accountable to ministers and to the Parliament; recognises the importance of retaining local expertise and cross-border joint working and urges that the end result of this process is not needless centralisation; welcomes the future increase in the Scottish Government’s annual target to create 15,000 hectares of woodland per year, but notes that it is not meeting current, lower targets; recognises that forestry has an important role to play in achieving Scotland’s climate targets; calls on the Scottish Government to take effective action in order to deliver the target and maintain the National Forest Estate as an asset for the nation; recognises that forestry is a long-term project that requires a long-term vision for a thriving sector; recognises the opportunities that forestry provides for community action and in tackling climate change; notes the importance of cross-border working to tackle issues of research and development and disease prevention in any proposed structure; welcomes the recommendations in the report, Analysis of Current Arrangements for the Consideration and Approval of Forestry Planting Proposals (Mackinnon report), after a series of failed planting targets; encourages the new strategy to take account of the diversification of forest land use into areas such as recreation and leisure; notes serious concerns about the need for more robust deer management, and recognises the importance of a strong transport infrastructure for forestry products through continuing to support the Timber Support Fund.


Vote

Result 4 for, 86 against, 18 abstained, 21 no vote Vote Defeated


Original motion text

That the Parliament acknowledges the contribution that woods and forests make to Scotland’s people, communities, economy and environment; notes ministers’ intention to complete the devolution of forestry so that its management in Scotland is fully accountable to ministers and to the Parliament; welcomes the future increase in the Scottish Government’s annual target to create 15,000 hectares of woodland per year; recognises that forestry has an important role to play in achieving Scotland’s climate targets, and calls on the Scottish Government to take effective action in order to deliver the target and maintain the National Forest Estate as an asset for the nation.


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S5M-03573.3

Developing Forestry in Scotland - Amendment

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date lodged: Monday, January 23, 2017

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Result 4 for, 86 against, 18 abstained, 21 no vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S5M-03573.1

Developing Forestry in Scotland - Amendment

Submitted by: Peter Chapman, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Monday, January 23, 2017

Supported by: Maurice Golden, Ross Thomson
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Motion ref. S5M-03573.2

Developing Forestry in Scotland - Amendment

Submitted by: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Monday, January 23, 2017

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, January 24, 2017