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How we plan our work

The diverse range of work that Scottish Natural Heritage carries out to care for and promote our natural capital requires careful planning.

We plan our projects and spending in detail to ensure that we achieve our priority outcomes within our set timescales and budget.  We also need to look ahead to new challenges and opportunities.  We do this through:

  • Connecting People and Nature – our corporate plan for 2018-22, which sets out our priorities for investing in nature and the benefits that people derive from it
  • It's in our Nature: Year Two - our business plan for 2019/20 shows the progress we are making on delivering our ambition.  During Year One we highlighted the change and the connections we wanted to make by organising our work around four Outcomes.  This year, we will build upon that by focusing on our priorities - biodiversity and wildlife management - and developing a range of new ways of working - from harnessing new technologies to engaging in place-based approaches - to ensure their successful delivery.
  • workforce plan – focusing on our staff resources

You may also want to read the Scottish Natural Heritage Framework Document, which sets out our relationship to the Scottish Government.

Find out how our work is funded.

Connecting People and Nature

Connecting People and Nature is SNH’s corporate plan for 2018-22

Watch our short video from our Chairman, Mike Cantlay to see what Connecting People and Nature means for SNH and a supporting message from Ms Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

It sets out our vision for Scotland’s nature and landscapes and is built around four interdependent outcomes:

  • More people across Scotland are enjoying and benefiting from nature.
  • The health and resilience of Scotland’s nature is improved.
  • There is more investment in Scotland’s natural capital and its management to improve prosperity and wellbeing.
  • We have transformed how we work.

These outcomes depend on one another.  The more we are able to demonstrate the ways that people benefit from nature, the more they are likely to call for investment in it across the public and private sectors; the more investment the healthier and more resilient nature will be, and healthier and more resilient nature provides more benefits for more people – and so on.  But to do that we need to transform the way we work.

Working in collaboration, and viewing nature as part of wider social and economic challenges and opportunities is central to our approach - for example, in tackling climate change and nature together.

Connecting People and Nature explains how our work helps to meet the current priorities of the Scottish Government. And it reveals the major positive effects that our work has on Scotland’s prosperity and on health and well-being.

Connecting People and Nature sets the strategic context for the more detailed proposals in our business plan.

Making Connections: Year 1

Making Connections: Year 1 - our Business Plan for 2018/19, is our first annual plan in support of the ambition presented in Connecting People and Nature. the actions it sets out will help progress Scottish Government priorities for the environment and climate change.

We have structured our work around the 4 outcomes in Connecting People and Nature and set out the changes we will seek to deliver over the next 4 years, together with our initial focus for 2018-19.

The plan sets out the 21 commitments we will progress as the first steps towards delivering our outcomes.

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Equalities Impact Assessment.

We produced a screening report for Connecting People and Nature.  As we operate within a policy framework set by Scottish Government that has already been subject to Strategic Environmental Assessment where necessary, a full assessment of Connecting People and Nature is not required.

We produced an Equalities Impact Assessment, noting the importance of this EqIA in how we do the work to deliver Connecting People and Nature and our annual business plan.

Workforce Plan 2018-22

The Workforce Plan 2018-22 sets out our approach to and priority actions for workforce planning. It supports the delivery of Connecting People and Nature by ensuring that we:

  • use our existing capacity to best effect, and
  • develop our staff resources to respond rapidly and positively to new work areas and changing priorities

We also produced an Equalities Impact Assessment to inform our Plan development.

Risk management

To manage the risks which may threaten delivery of our corporate and business plans we follow the Management of Risk (MoR) framework. Our Risk Management Policy provides details on the process we follow and the roles and responsibilities in risk management.

Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (COPLAR)

We have produced a plan for the zonation of our publicly accessible lands, and how we will fulfil our COPLAR duty to keep them in a litter free condition.