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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13505: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12978 by Fergus Ewing on 11 December 2017, what contact it has had or plans with the (a) Ramsar Convention secretariat and (b) UK Government regarding the proposed Coul Links golf club.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 25 January 2018

An enquiry from the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention regarding the planning application submitted by Coul Links Ltd to the Highland Council for a golf course at Coul Links has been forwarded to the Scottish Government by the UK Government. The United Kingdom is a signatory (‘Contracting Party’ in Convention terms) to the Convention.

Under the Convention, Contracting Parties must pass on information if the ecological character of a Ramsar site has changed, is changing or is likely to change as the result of technological developments, pollution or other human interference. Should it be required, such information will be communicated through the UK Government to the Ramsar Secretariat at the appropriate time.