Table 7 lists the twenty-five topics which have been identified as potentially requiring the development of a monitoring strategy. See supporting documentation for details.
Table 7. Proposed list of topics
|Land||Geology, landforms and active processes|
|Soils (including peatlands)|
|Farmland and lowlands|
|Woodlands and forests|
|Marine and coastal|
|Air||Climate change and weather|
|Nuisance (noise, light, odour and litter)|
|Urban and cultural heritage||Historic environment|
|Built environment and green space|
|Wellbeing (eg recreation and amenity)|
|Environment and economy|
|Ecosystem services and resources||Waste|
|Fish and aquaculture|
|Timber, fibre and biomass|
|Crops and livestock|
Table 8. Operational/policy drivers for improved monitoring of topics in Phase 1
|Surface freshwater and wetlands|
|Wetlands - Scottish Environmental Monitoring Strategy ( SEMS) priority for monitoring.
Wetlands - Water Framework Directive obligation currently not delivered.
Surface freshwater - operational priority for SEPA to update Water Framework Directive Monitoring programme in time to implement by 2013.
Surface freshwater and wetland - Biodiversity - SNH surveillance duty under the Habitats Regulations.
|Marine and coastal|
|Marine waters - SEMS priority for monitoring.
Estuaries and coastal waters - operational priority for SEPA to update Water Framework Directive Monitoring programme in time to implement sampling by 2013.
Marine and coastal waters - operational priority for MSS to prepare monitoring programme for the Marine Strategy Directive in time to implement by 2014.
Marine, coastal and estuaries - Biodiversity - SNH surveillance duty under the Habitats Regulations.
|Current monitoring is focused upon assessing compliance with human health standards. There is no co-ordinated monitoring programme looking at the environmental impacts of air pollution.|
|The State of Soils report (2011) identified the need to develop a Soil Monitoring Strategy. Dobbie, K.E., Bruneau, P.M.C and Towers, W. (eds) 2011. The State of Scotland's Soil. Natural Scotland, [online] http://www.sepa.org.uk/
The Scottish Soil Framework (2009) has identified a requirement for a Soil Monitoring Strategy. Scottish Government. 2009. The Scottish Soil Framework. [online] http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/05/20145602/13 .
Further information - supporting documentation and data record
More details supporting documentation that was produced during the production of this strategy can be found on the Scottish Government website.
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