An unusually large number of science-related publications were produced by the Holyrood and Westminster governments in March. Here is a selection:
Biological Sciences/Environmental and Waste Management
Covers rearing, transportation and release of gamebirds.
Examines future strategies for goose management in Scotland. (Geese can be considered an agricultural pest in some areas of Scotland, due to their grazing activity.) Stakeholder responses and the Scottish Government’s response are also available online.
Marine and Freshwater policy documents.
Scotland’s National Marine Plan aims to provide “a planning framework to manage competing demands for the use of the sea whilst protecting the marine environment”.
- Interim SA report.
- Pre-consultation draft.
- Scotland’s Marine Atlas: Information for The National Marine Plan – Scotland’s Marine Atlas is an assessment of the condition of Scotland’s seas, based on scientific evidence from data and analysis and supported by expert judgement.
“The Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science (CAMERAS) was established to ensure that Scotland’s marine, environment and rural science supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s single purpose, ‘to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.”
A haul-out site is a location on land where seals haul themselves out to rest. The Natural Environment Research Council can designate haul-out sites, which are considered suitable to protect seals from harassment.
Offshore wind energy
This plan contains proposals for offshore wind energy development in Scottish Territorial Waters up to 2020 and beyond. It should be read in conjunction with Part B Post Adoption Statement.
Other relevant publications include:
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal of Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Appropriate Assessment
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal of Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Appropriate Assessment Information Review
- Marine Scotland: Economic Assessment of Short Term Options for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters: Costs and Benefits to Other Marine Users and Interests.
Climate Change/Low Carbon policy documents
“The intention of this study is to provide an in depth analysis of the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector in Scotland and relate it to the global markets in which it operates.”
Sector action plans have been produced for agriculture, biodiversity, build environment, business, emergency and rescue services, energy, forestry, health, marine, spatial planning and land use, transport, and water. The sector plans “look to existing sources of information and research to identify the key impacts of climate change on each sector and appropriate actions which can build our resilience to these impacts”.
- First Progress Report on Climate Change Adaptation in Scotland
- Adapting to the Changing Climate: Consultation on the Environmental Impacts of Adaptation – Consultation Responses
- Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets 2010-2022: The Report on Proposals and Policies
- Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets 2010-2022 Technical Appendix – The Report on Proposals and Policies
- Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Housing
- Impacts of Options for Regulating Energy Efficiency Standards in the Domestic Sector
- Scottish Dairy Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Main Project Report
- Methodology Report: Scottish Dairy Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions
“The ways in which we use Scotland’s land resources in the future will be critical to our economic performance, to our environment, to our sense of place and community, and to our quality of life.
This Strategy sets out a long term Vision towards 2050 with three clear Objectives relating to economic prosperity, environmental quality and communities.”
- Getting the best from our land: A guide to Scotland’s first Land Use Strategy
- Getting the best from our land: Report on the consultation process undertaken to produce a land use strategy for Scotland
- Analysis of Responses to the Consultation on “Getting the Best from Our Land: a Draft Land Use Strategy for Scotland” – findings from the analysis of responses received by the Scottish Government to the consultation on the draft Land Use Strategy “Getting the best from our land”.
- Analysis of responses to the consultation on “Getting the best from our land: a draft Land Use Strategy for Scotland” RF 18/2011 – main findings from the consultation on the draft Land Use Strategy “Getting the best from our land”.
- Applying an ecosystems approach to land use: Information Note
Guidance on forensic data provisions introduced by the Criminal Justice & Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.
Scottish Government’s policy on tuberculosis.
“This document responds to a consultation which asked whether Healthy Start beneficiaries should be able to choose to spend their vouchers on plain frozen fruit or vegetables as well as the foods already allowed.”
“This Impact Assessment relates to the Government’s response to a consultation which asked whether Healthy Start beneficiaries should be able to choose to spend their vouchers on plain frozen fruit and vegetables as well as the foods already allowed.”
Sets up an action group to produce proposals to prevent violence, disorder and bigotry at Scottish football games. The action group will make recommendations before the start of next season.
You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.