Written evidence submitted by Richard
Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment,
the Scottish Government |
Thank you for your letter asking about the Scottish
Government's approach to sustainable development and its response
to the UK Government's decision to withdraw funding from the Sustainable
The Scottish Government is still considering the
best way forward for Scotland following the UK Government's decision.
We will make announcements in due course. I also note that the
attached summary of SDC's current role, funding and activities
in Scotland has recently been shared with the committee at official
On the wider question about how sustainable development
is pursued by the UK and Devolved Governments, it might be helpful
if I explain that The Scottish Government does not manage a separate
sustainable development strategy. Instead, our distinctive approach
has been to mainstream sustainable development across the organisation
through our central Purpose of "creating a more successful
country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through
increasing sustainable economic growth".
This is set out in the Scottish Government's Economic
Strategy, supported by the National Performance Framework, which
now provides a shared set of high level outcomes to focus the
whole of the public sector. In particular our 15 National Outcomes
help us address the sustainable development principle of focusing
across economic, social and environmental factors in decision
SDC looked closely at this structure in 2008 and
were positive about the approach to sustainable development governance.
The Scottish Government attaches high priority
to sustainable economic growth and our approach takes account
of our unique circumstances in Scotland. However, we believe it
is important that, whatever the solution going forward in our
respective administrations, we continue to work together to share
and learn from each other's experiences.