"Scotland's Place in Europe", published today, sets out the Scottish Government's position following the result of the EU Referendum.
Responding to this document Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland said:
"Over the last 40 years, the European Union has significantly influenced the state of Scotland's environment - both positively through regulations such as the Nature Directives and negatively through unreformed agricultural subsidies. The outcomes that emerge from the coming negotiations, involving the Scottish and UK governments and the EU, have the potential to affect our environment and our wildlife for decades to come.
"Previously, RSPB Scotland has welcomed the Cabinet Secretary's stated commitments to continue the full implementation and enforcement of European environmental law. Her welcome proposals, since the referendum, to consult on marine SPAs demonstrated that this commitment was meaningful - but must be maintained across all areas of policy affecting the environment, particularly agriculture and fisheries.
"Today's paper correctly makes clear that the environment, and its protection, has benefited from European cooperation to date. RSPB Scotland strongly urges that the environment continues to be central to the negotiations, so as to maintain these benefits to the greatest possible extent.
"Like many organisations, we are already engaged in considering the environmental consequences of a range of "Brexit" options - and, as part of that process, will carefully assess the Scottish Government's proposals. Our Trustees will wish to consider the results of this analysis and assess the impact of different options on our charitable objectives."