SCOTLAND'S WATER RESOURCES
The Scottish Government has policy responsibility for maintaining and improving the quality of all fresh and marine waters in Scotland, and works closely with a number of partners - including Scottish Water, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and water users - to ensure that our water is kept clean and free of pollution.
Scottish Ministers have committed to making Scotland a Hydro Nation and they have underpinned
that commitment with their statutory duty in the Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 to "take such reasonable steps as they consider approptiate for the purpose of ensuring the development of the value of Scotland's water resources", i.e. economic and non-economic value.
Scotland's water resource is significant and in a world demanding more food and water, there is good reason to nurture it for long term sustainable use. Water is of fundamental importance for Scotland’s economy, health, social wellbeing and environment. All businesses rely on the water environment in some way or another and water plays a prominent role in the success of many sectors of the economy. Some are of strategic importance to Scotland’s economy, such as tourism, food and drinks manufacturing and renewable energy generation.
The hydro-economy provides huge opportunities for Scotland which we are determined to seize. Establishing Scotland as a Hydro Nation will maximise the benefits to the Scottish economy through the economic development and good stewardship of Scotland’s abundant water resources.
Water is a global resource and Scotland is raising its international profile as a Hydro Nation through knowledge exchange and developing trade opportunities for services, manufacturing and research and supporting international water development projects. Scotland as a Hydro Nation will gain direct economic benefit and enjoy an enhanced international profile.
With the Hydro Nation Forum’s help we continually review our overarching strategy on our 4 key and interlinking themes of National, Innovation, International, and Knowledge to ensure our Hydro Nation programme is fit for purpose and is working to support the sector’s needs.