1 https://www.gov.scot/publications/report-roundtable-environment-climate-change-environmental-governance-scotland-uks-withdrawal/ The report was prepared by a subgroup of the Roundtable and some co-opted members: Lloyd Austin, Dr. Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann, Prof. Campbell Gemmell, Jonny Hughes, Dr. Annalisa Savaresi and Prof. Colin Reid.
7 Article 3(3) of the TEU.
8 Article 191(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (2007) provides that Union policy on the environment shall aim at a high level of protection taking into account the diversity of situations in the various regions of the Union, and that it shall be based on the precautionary principle and on the principles that preventive action should be taken, that environmental damage should as a priority be rectified at source and that the polluter should pay.
10 In order to achieve sustainable development, environmental protection shall constitute an integral part of the development process and cannot be considered in isolation from it.
11 The use of natural resources in a way and at a rate that does not lead to their long-term decline, thereby maintaining their potential to meet the needs and aspirations of present and future generations.
12 A strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.
16 Any changes in law or policy should maintain or increase the level of environmental protection, and not allow any deterioration.
26 For instance, 20A of the Environment Act 1995 requires SEPA to carry out its functions to protect and improve the environment, to ensure management of resources in a sustainable way and, unless inconsistent with those objectives, to contribute to sustainable economic growth.
27 Some data (e.g. some data collected under Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks) are not aggregated at the UK level prior to submission to the Commission, or to the European Environment Agency. Examples of aggregated data include article 17 reporting on the Habitats Directive where Scottish information is aggregated via the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Where Scottish data are aggregated at a UK level, they are generally also published and made available at a Scottish level (e.g. progress data for river basin management planning are published on SEPA’s water environment hub (online river basin management plans) which can be viewed here:
39 The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and The Conservation (Natural Habitats, & c.) Regulations 1994