The Scottish Government has today published its Environmental Strategy.
The Link is here.
The Strategy confirms the Scottish Government will enact legislation to ensure that the four EU environmental principles continue to influence the development of policy in Scotland.
o Precautionary principle. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing cost- effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.
o Polluter pays principle. The polluter should bear the cost of pollution control and remediation.
o Prevention principle. Preventative action should be taken to avoid environmental damage.
o Rectification at source principle. Environmental damage should, as a priority, be rectified at source.
The Strategy confirms the Scottish Government will develop a system of environmental governance, to ensure the continued effective implementation of environmental law.
[England is setting up an Office for Environmental Protection.]
The Strategy confirms the Scottish Government will develop a monitoring framework to track progress in delivering the Environment Strategy.