Enterprise, Environment and Digital Directorates
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The individual directorates within the overarching Enterprise and Environment Directorates report to the Director-General, Graeme Dickson.
A general concordat, drawn up in 1999, set out agreed frameworks for co-operation between the pre-existing Environment Directorates and the United Kingdom government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and there is another specifically on the subject of genetically modified organisms.
There is no direct relationship between Ministers and the Directorates. However, the activities of the Directorates include those under the purview of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, whose responsibilities include: agriculture, fisheries and rural development including aquaculture and forestry, environment and natural heritage, land reform, water quality regulation and sustainable development. He is supported by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP.
The overarching Scottish Government Directorates were preceded by similar structures called "Departments" that no longer exist (although the word is still sometimes used in this context). As an overarching unit, the Enterprise, Environment & Digital Directorates incorporate a number of individual Directorates entitled:
- Agriculture, Food & Rural Communities
- Energy & Climate Change
- Environment & Forestry
- Chief Scientific Advisor (Rural Affairs & Environment)
- Marine Scotland (including Performance, Aquaculture & Recreational Fisheries, Science, Planning & Policy, Compliance and Fisheries).
Agencies and other bodies
The Directorates are responsible for one agency:
The Directorates also sponsor several non-departmental public bodies including:
- Cairngorms National Park Authority
- Crofters Commission
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
- James Hutton Institute
- Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency
- Scottish Natural Heritage
The Rural Development Council was set up in 2008 to advise the Cabinet Secretary on rural affairs and to "consider how best rural Scotland can contribute to the creation of a more successful country, through increasing sustainable economic growth".
Prior to the creation of the Enterprise and Environment Directorates in 2010, many of their responsibilities were undertaken by the Scottish Government Environment Directorates and prior to 2007 by the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD).
- Elin Jones Minister for Rural Affairs in Wales
- Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in Ireland
- "Paul Gray, Director-General Rural Affairs, Environment and Services". Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011. This notice refers to the transfer of the DG of the Scottish Government Environment Directorates in December 2010, and thus indirectly to this re-organisation.
- "Director-General Enterprise & Environment". Scottish Government. 7 May 2011.
- Devolution: Main Concordat between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Scottish Executive. DEFRA. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- "Concordat on the Implementation of Directive 2001/18/EC and Regulation 1946/2003/EC" Scottish Government. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- "Reporting on 100 Days: Moving Scotland forward" Scottish Government. Retrieved 15 August 2009. "A new structure for Scotland's Government has been put in place, transforming the Departmental structure, moving from 9 Heads of Department, to a Strategic Board with the Permanent Secretary and five Directors General (DG), with each DG having responsibility for driving one of the Government's strategic objectives. Directors-General focus on the performance of the whole organisation against the Cabinet's agenda. The new structure means that the old Scottish Executive Departments no longer exist. Instead, each DG supports and manages a number of Directors, with these Directorates leading, presenting and developing policy for Ministers."
- "Directorates" Scottish Government. Retrieved 4 Nov 2013.
- "Scotland Rural Development Council" Scottish Government. Retrieved 27 July 2009.