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CSPP Invited to Judge RSPB 'Politician of the Year' at Nature of Scotland Awards



Edinburgh, 6th May 2015 (CSPP) - The Centre for Scottish Public Policy is pleased to announce that it will be supporting the Politician of the Year category in the RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards 2015.

CSPP Chair, Professor Richard Kerley, will be one of the judges deciding the winner of the category, repeating the role he performed for the 2014 awards.

In response to the invitation to judge this year’s Politician of the Year Award, Professor Kerley said, “I am delighted that the CSPP is again involved in supporting the RSPB. We are particularly pleased to be associated with the 'Environmental Politician of the Year: Nature of Scotland ' award”.

The CSPP Chair also highlighted the importance of recognising the good work that is done in environmental conservation, explaining, “We often find people blaming politicians and governments of not doing things for the environment or for wildlife and habitat. All too often we overlook what committed people can achieve both in terms of material and regulatory change and in taking up a cause that is neglected or overlooked.

I am sure we shall see nominees as effective and thoughtful as we have seen nominees and winners in past years and look forward to seeing who is put forward”.

The RSPB encouraged the wider community to contribute to the awards, stating, “Scotland is renowned worldwide for its beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife, which we must work hard to sustain and conserve. If you know of an organisation, group or individual who has made a special contribution to protecting Scotland’s natural heritage and wildlife, then we want to hear from you!”

Below is the full information about nominations and the awards from the RSPB, which you can also read on their website.

The CSPP connects with over 5000 people and organisations within and outwith Scotland, but all with an interest in positive change to public policy in Scotland.

ENDS

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The Nature of Scotland Awards 2015

Nominations are open for the Nature of Scotland Awards 2015. Now in their fourth year, these awards recognise the best of Scottish nature conservation and celebrate innovation, excellence and outstanding achievement.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 12 June.

This year, entries are welcomed across eight categories, including a new category – Nature Tourism Award.

·         Marine Conservation

·         Sustainable Development

·         Politician of the Year

·         Innovation (Sponsored by James Hutton Institute)

·         RSPB Species Champion (Sponsored by Ardmore Whisky)

·         Community Initiative

·         Youth and Education

·         Nature Tourism – NEW!

To make your nomination visit www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland where you can download an entry form and find out more about the awards and past winners. The awards are free to enter and applications must be submitted online.

Entrants will find out if they have been shortlisted on 10 September at an evening reception in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament.

We will invite those who reach the shortlist to the award ceremony on 19 November at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh as our guest, with two complimentary seats. The evening will kick off with a drinks reception, followed by a three course dinner with wine.

Visit our website to read more about the awards, and to see a list of last year’s winners and finalists.

Thanks to all our entrants and winners from last year, the judges were overwhelmed by the volume and high calibre of last year’s nominations!

Scotland is renowned worldwide for its beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife, which we must work hard to sustain and conserve. If you know of an organisation, group or individual who has made a special contribution to protecting Scotland’s natural heritage and wildlife, then we want to hear from you!

       
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