6.1.1 Section 19 of the 2005 Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act requires the Responsible Authority to monitor significant environmental impacts arising as a result of the implementation of the plan, programme or strategy. The purpose of the monitoring is to identify any unforeseen adverse effects at an early stage and to enable appropriate remedial action to be taken.
6.1.2 We recognise the need to consider appropriate monitoring of the impacts, including those on the environment, for changes for each development type, as well as looking at the wider cumulative effects of changes across development types. This could involve various approaches and combinations of these, such as liaison with planning authorities, developers and statutory bodies, as well as commissioning research. In addition, there are a wide range of existing programmes in place at the national and local level to monitor environmental status and assess performance against established environmental indicators, many of which are of relevance to the work programme. For example, State of Nature reports, annual greenhouse gas emission reporting, as well as planning statistics. We will continue to review and update monitoring arrangements as each phase of the work programme is progressed.
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