Environmental monitoring in Scotland has been developed in an iterative manner by a range of organisations in response to statutory drivers and environmental issues of concern.
This strategy provides a framework for monitoring which will encourage practical steps to improve the co-ordination of environmental monitoring programmes in Scotland and therefore improve the cost-effectiveness of monitoring activities.
This strategy will:
- help focus the allocation of environmental monitoring resources upon the most important environmental issues facing Scotland
- promote a wide perspective in the design of detailed monitoring strategies so that they fully take into account the information required by other organisations and thereby deliver multiple benefits
- promote the collection of social and economic information and thereby help us understand the causes of environmental impacts and their consequences
- identify gaps in monitoring where reallocation of resources or better coordination would deliver significant improvements to our understanding
of the environment
- provide information on environmental resources to support sustainable development
This strategy is not intended to:
- require action where existing monitoring programmes are already well
- adversely affect existing operational priorities and policies
- impose significant additional resource demands upon organisations
- cover research and development requirements
This strategy is intended to cover all Government-funded environmental monitoring in Scotland. This extends beyond the Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science ( CAMERAS) partners to the wider public sector including Scottish organisations such as Local Authorities and UK organisations such as the Met Office.
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