Scottish Government Rural Affairs and the Environment Strategic Research Strategy 2011 - 2016

The strategy behind the Scottish Government's Rural Affairs and the Enviroment Strategic Research 2011-2016


1. The James Hutton Institute (JHI), Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Moredun Research Institute (MRI) and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health (RINH) within the University of Aberdeen (see Annex 2 for an overview and Annex 3 for a timeline of key institutional developments).

2. CAMERAS is a partnership initiative between Scottish Government - Marine Scotland Science, Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) and Science Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) - Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, Food Standards Agency Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland and Scottish Water. It's purpose is to align and coordinate the scientific activity of the partner organisations to ensure best use of existing resource and enhanced support to Scottish Government policy development and delivery, primarily in the rural, environmental and marine areas.

3. The Ecosystem Approach (EA) is a strategy for integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use. An EA assesses how natural resources deliver four categories of ecosystem services: supporting (e.g. soil formation), regulating (e.g. water purification), provisioning (e.g. timber) and cultural (e.g. sense of place), which in turn deliver human well-being and economic prosperity.

4. The columns highlight which indicators are collected for the different elements of the strategic research portfolio including the whole portfolio, Programme, Themes, Centres of Expertise (COE) and Strategic Partnerships (SP).


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