Managing our environment well is integral to successful governance, as a rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage is the cornerstone of a high quality sustainable economy. If done properly, looking after our environment and preserving our natural resources can enhance economic activity. For example, maintaining healthy seas ensures a sustainable fishing industry and enhances wildlife tourism. On land, the Scottish countryside is a major attraction for tourists and brings in £3.6 billion in revenue annually. In some cases, such as tackling climate change, investment is essential and can kick start new industries – such as the renewable energy industry.
Briefing for the Executive ‘Greener Scotland’ debate