Working in partnership is at the very heart of Scotland’s environment web. Scotland’s environment web is a shared environmental hub for RAFE (Rural Agriculture Food and Environment) organisations and other contributing organisations. This website relies on the expertise, knowledge, data and information provided by our valued partners.

RAFE partners

Cairngorm National Park

Cairngorm National Park

Cairngorms National Park is a national park in north east Scotland, established in 2003. It was the second of two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament, after Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, set up in 2002. The National Park Partnership Plan sets out the strategic direction and priorities for the National Park over a five year period from 2012 – 2017. Working with all those who have an interest in or responsibility for managing the National Park, the plan will deliver:

  • A special place for people and nature with natural and cultural heritage enhanced;
  • People enjoying the Park through outstanding visitor and learning experiences;
  • A sustainable economy supporting thriving businesses and communities.
Crofting Commission

Crofting Commission

Crofting Commission is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) which operates on a day-to-day basis independently of the government, but for which Scottish Ministers are ultimately responsible. The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 created the Crofting Commission, which came into being on 1 April 2012, taking over from the Crofters Commission. The Crofting Commission’s principal function is regulating crofting, re-organising crofting, promoting the interests of crofting and keeping under review matters relating to crofting.

Their Vision To be a guiding regulator that uses its powers to support the crofting system.

Their Purpose To regulate the crofting system fairly and reasonable to protect it for future generations.

Forest Enterprise Scotland

Forest Enterprise Scotland

Forest Enterprise Scotland is the government agency that’s responsible for managing Scotland's National Forest Estate.

The work they do is extremely varied and goes far beyond what many people think of as traditional forestry. As well as sustainable timber production, you're just as likely to find us protecting important habitats for wildlife, working with local communities, or making it easier for visitors to enjoy the great outdoors.

By contributing to Scotland's economy, health and wellbeing, education and community development, and by protecting our natural and cultural heritage, their work has the potential to benefit every person in Scotland.

Forestry Commission Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland advises and implements forestry policy to protect and expand Scotland's forests and to increase their value to society and the environment. Grants are available for planting trees and managing woodlands. Perhaps surprisingly, only about two-thirds of the estate has trees on it. The rest is open ground, from remote mountain tops to the coast. But all of it contributes to Scotland’s internationally renowned landscape.

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Thier vision is to be an effective organisation of passionate people who inspire our communities, visitors and partners to work with us to enhance and promote this iconic National Park.

Their aims

The National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000 sets our four aims:

  • To conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area
  • To promote the sustainable use of the natural resources of the area
  • To promote understanding and enjoyment (including enjoyment in the form of recreation) of the special qualities of the area by the public
  • To promote sustainable social and economic development of the area’s communities.
Marine Scotland

Marine Scotland

Marine Scotland is a Directorate of the Scottish Government and is responsible for the integrated management of Scotland's seas.

Marine Scotland's purpose is to manage Scotland's seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely with our key delivery partners, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland and has a range of responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, protecting and improving Scotland’s environment.

As a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, their role is to make sure that the environment and human health are protected, to ensure that Scotland’s natural resources and services are used as sustainably as possible and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

They help business and industry to understand and comply with their environmental responsibilities and legislation and have a range of enforcement powers which we can apply to ensure that regulations are complied with.

Scottish Land Commission

Scottish Land Commission

The Scottish Land Commission came into being 1 April 2017 and was created to drive land reform forward. We want to help create a Scotland where everybody benefits from the ownership, management and use of the nation’s land and buildings.

Our aim is to improve the productivity, diversity and accountability of the way we use Scotland’s land – wherever you live.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scotland's natural heritage is its wildlife, habitats, landscapes and natural beauty. Scotland is renowned for its attractive scenery and wild places and has a huge diversity of landscapes, habitats and wildlife. These are part of what makes Scotland special and are among the country's greatest assets.

Scottish Natural Heritage is funded by the Scottish Government. Our purpose is to:

  • promote, care for, and improve our natural heritage
  • help people enjoy nature responsibly
  • enable greater understanding and awareness of nature
  • promote the sustainable use of Scotland's natural heritage

Other contributing organisations

We value the contributions of a wide range of organisations, without who we could not provide such a comprehensive range of data and information.

British Geological Survey

British Geological Survey

The British Geological Survey is a world-leading geological survey. It focuses on public-good science for government, and research to understand earth and environmental processes.

It is the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge to help society to:

  • use its natural resources responsibly
  • manage environmental change
  • be resilient to environmental hazards

The BGS provides expert services and impartial advice in all areas of geoscience. Our client base is drawn from the public and private sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a world-class research organisation focussing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.

They are a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Centre and integral to the delivery of the NERC Strategy, The Business of the Environment, with over 425 researchers and students based at sites in England, Scotland and Wales.

Education Scotland

Education Scotland

Education Scotland is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government, tasked with improving the quality of the country's education system.

Education Scotland's vision is that Scottish learners will progress in one of the most effective education systems in the world, renowned for the ability of national and local partners to work flexibly together to achieve high-quality and equitable outcomes for all.

Our status as an executive agency means that we operate independently and impartially, whilst remaining directly accountable to Scottish Government ministers for the standards of our work.

Greenspace Scotland

Greenspace Scotland

Greenspace Scotland is a social enterprise and an independent charitable company.

They work with a wide range of local and national partners to support the planning, development and sustainable management of greenspaces and green networks as a key part of the green infrastructure of our towns and cities.

Health Protection Scotland

Health Protection Scotland

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) was established by the Scottish Government in 2005 to strengthen and co-ordinate health protection in Scotland.

They plan and deliver effective and specialist national services which co-ordinate, strengthen and support activities aimed at protecting all the people of Scotland from infectious and environmental hazards.

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland, the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. The first Corporate Plan for Historic Environment Scotland sets out their vision and direction as the lead public body for the historic environment. It includes details on:

  • the Historic Environment – what it is, and why it matters;
  • their mission, vision and values;
  • their strategic themes.
Keep Scotland Beautiful

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Keep Scotland Beautiful is a charity that campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and the places they care for.

Their vision: A clean, green sustainable Scotland where people are engaged positively and empowered to take action on local, national and global sustainability issues in order to achieve positive change in behaviour and improve quality of life.

Their mission: Keep Scotland Beautiful is the charity that campaigns, educates and acts on a range of local, national and global sustainability issues. We work collaboratively to achieve positive change; improving people’s quality of life and environment.

Met Office

Met Office

The Met Office is the United Kingdom's national weather service.

Everything they do is based on world-leading science and enhanced by the close working relationships they have with partner organisations around the globe. They collect and make sense of massive amounts of data every day, using cutting-edge technology for the benefit of mankind - and the planet.

The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers

Everyday The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

The Conservation Volunteers recognises that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion, combat loneliness or enhance employment prospects, The Conservation Volunteers works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

The James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Vision is to be at the forefront of innovative and transformative science for sustainable management of land, crop and natural resources that supports thriving communities.

Their Mission Statement is to conduct excellent science and engage in new ways of working across disciplines, with business, policy and society, that guide contemporary thought and challenge conventional wisdom, ensure trust and deliver the best outcomes for all.

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted.

Their mission is to influence and enable change – from gathering evidence and informing policy, to motivating practical behaviour change in individuals and organisations through our programmes and brands. They also make direct interventions to affect change, commonly in the form of finance, business support, technical advice, training and competence development or communications support.

 


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