Publication - Consultation paper

Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-2029 draft: strategic environmental assessment (SEA)

Published: 22 Nov 2018

Findings of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the consultation draft of Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-2029.

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120 page PDF

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Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-2029 draft: strategic environmental assessment (SEA)
7 Proposed mitigation/enhancement measures

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7 Proposed mitigation/enhancement measures

7.1.1 The 2005 Act requires information to be provided on measures envisaged to prevent, reduce and as fully as possible offset any significant adverse effects on the environment of implementing the PPS. These measures are often referred to as mitigation measures.

7.1.2 The assessment has concluded that the Strategy, with its core purpose of promoting and supporting the implementation of SFM principles, will have overall positive environmental effects. There may be potential for some mixed effects in relation to the SEA topics historic environment, landscape, and to a lesser extent, biodiversity, air quality and soil, although it is expected that negative effects would be largely localised and can be mitigated through established regulatory regimes and guidance. Table 9 sets out the proposed mitigation measures against the potential impact, associated priority from which it is predicted to arise, and the responsible party.

Table 9: Proposed mitigation measures

Potential Mixed Impact on SEA Objectives

Mitigation

Responsibility

Biodiversity, Flora and Fauna (Priority 8 and 9)

In addition to the requirements of the UKFS, which requires forest managers to take account of environmental objectives and minimise direct impacts on biodiversity and historic environment sites caused by visitors, long-term forest plans could incorporate a suitable recreation / visitor plan, for sites where the impacts are likely to be a significant issue.

Scottish Government

Land owners and managers

Soil (Priority 8)

[Same mitigation as above – 'Biodiversity']

Scottish Government

Land owners and managers

Air Quality (Priority 6)

Use of Environmental Management Plans for site specific mitigation such as enclosing stockpiles of dusty materials, damping down etc.

On site contractor and private companies

Land owners and managers

Landscape / (Priorities 2, 3, 8 and 9)

The Principles for Sustainable Land Use will be used by public bodies when making plans and taking significant decisions affecting the use of land (Land Use Strategy (2016-2021).

Local forestry and woodland strategies also identify the most appropriate locations for woodlands to maximise the delivery of public benefits and minimise adverse landscape impacts.

Additional information and guidance on forest landscape design is provided by Forestry Commission Scotland.

Scottish Government

Local Authorities

Statutory Consultees / public bodies

Land owners and managers

Historic Environment (Priorities 2, 3, 8 and 9)

Local forestry and woodland strategies also identify the most appropriate locations for woodlands to maximise the delivery of public benefits including the protection, and where possible enhancement of the historic environment.

Additional information and guidance on protecting the historic environment is provided by Forestry Commission Scotland.

Scottish Government

Local Authorities

Statutory Consultees / public bodies

Land owners and managers


Contact

Email: Amy.Nicolson@forestry.gsi.gov.uk