Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland's principal environmental regulator, protecting and improving Scotland's environment. Its role is to make sure that the environment and human health are protected and that Scotland’s natural resources and services are used as sustainably as possible and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

SEPA regulates and advises on a wide range of environmental activities. It assesses the quality of the environment by monitoring air, land and water and uses the findings to advise government, industry and the public on environmental best practice. SEPA is also responsible for delivering Scotland's flood warning system.

SEPA helps business and industry to understand and comply with their environmental responsibilities and legislation and has a range of enforcement powers which can be applied to ensure that regulations are complied with. SEPA also works in partnership with other agencies, organisations and policy makers, to increase environmental understanding and build consensus on environmental priorities and issues.

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The James Hutton InstituteThe James Hutton Institute


The James Hutton Institute is a world-leading scientific organisation encompassing a distinctive range of integrated strengths in land, crop, waters, environmental and socio-economic science. It undertakes fundamental and applied research into the sustainable use of land and natural resources for customers including the Scottish and UK Governments, the EU and other organisations worldwide.

The Institute takes its name from the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment scientist, James Hutton, who is widely regarded as the founder of modern geology and who was also an experimental farmer and agronomist.

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Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)


Scotland's natural heritage is its wildlife, habitats, soils, geology, landscapes and natural beauty. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is the Government's adviser on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland. SNH works to promote, care for, and improve Scotland’s natural heritage, to:

  • help people enjoy it responsibly
  • enable greater understanding and awareness of it
  • promote its sustainable use, now and for future generations.

Much of SNH’s work is carried out in partnership with others including local authorities, Government bodies, community groups, farmers and land managers.

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Scottish ForestryScottish Forestry


Scottish Forestry was established as an executive agency of the Scottish Government on 1 April 2019, following completion of the devolution of forestry as a result of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018.

Scottish Forestry sits within the Scottish Government’s Economy portfolio. The Director General Economy has appointed the Director, Environment & Forestry to provide senior Scottish Government management oversight of the agency and of its relationship with the Scottish Ministers.

Scottish Forestry supports the delivery of the Scottish Government’s priorities for Scotland's forests, through guidance, advice, incentives and regulations, and by advising Ministers on forestry policy.

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The Scottish GovermentThe Scottish Government


The devolved government for Scotland is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs, and transport.

The Scottish Government was known as the Scottish Executive when it was established in 1999 following the first elections to the Scottish Parliament. The current administration was formed after elections in May 2016.

The Government's Purpose

To focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.

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