Welcome to the ninth edition of the annual publication 'Key Scottish Environment Statistics'. This is now a web-only publication.
This publication aims to provide an easily accessible reference document which offers information on a wide range of environmental topics. It covers key data sets on the state of the environment in Scotland, with an emphasis on the trends over time wherever possible. The data are supplemented by text providing brief background information on environmental impacts, relevant legislation and performance against targets. A PowerPoint version of this publication is also available on our website.
A continuously updated internet database (Scottish Environment Statistics Online) accompanies this publication and contains additional statistics to those presented here.
A general directory of websites that provide environmental statistics for Scotland is available at:
This publication includes figures produced by other organisations and which are not official statistics. They have been available on request from those organisations. For some of the statistics included in the publication, reference is made to targets set by the Scottish Government; more details can be found on the Scotland Performs website at:
Our aim is to produce a user-friendly and useful publication. This year we are consulting users through a short survey/questionnaire which can be found on the main page of our website. It would be helpful to us if you would complete the questionnaire and tell us what you think about Key Scottish Environment Statistics and how you use it. If you wish to send further comments on the format and contents of this publication they would be most welcome.
Tel: 0131 244 0445
Fax: 0131 244 1443
Environment StatisticsRural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate
Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Throughout this publication, a '-' represents figures that are not available and 'R' indicates that figures have been revised since previous publications.
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