Actions to deliver RBMP

Delivering the aims of RBMP requires partnership working with public bodies, industry and land managers to secure multiple benefits for the environment, economy and society. See Who’s involved in RBMP

River basin planning is working to support Scotland's Environment Strategy aims to create a net zero, circular economy that reduces the global impact of our consumption. It is embedded in SEPA’s regulatory strategy, One Planet Prosperity, and the sector planning approach to work towards achieving these goals and realise the economic benefits of increased resource efficiency, innovation and resilience.

Protecting and improving the environment to achieve the RBMP objectives includes the regulation of activities that may affect it. We also work with partners to align and integrate RBMP objectives into land use planning and flood risk management.

The Water environment hub provides information on each waterbody, pressures, measures and the objectives (targets) that we have set.

The full details are covered in the RBMP document, based on the following themes:

Healthier and more resilient communities.

Working with Scottish Government, public bodies and responsible authorities we will create attractive and accessible spaces within communities that can be used for active travel and recreation to help improve health and well-being. Improvements will continue to be funded by the Water Environment Fund (WEF) and sought through planning and development opportunities.

Water supply and wastewater

We aim to create a truly circular economy for water supply and wastewater sector where water is used wisely and efficiently. Towns and cities are using nature-based, blue-green solutions to absorb and safely convey rainwater. The sector will minimises its use of energy and materials and is converting sewage and other wastes into valuable resources. Further information can be found on our water regulation pages.

Scottish Water has published a route map for improving urban waters setting out the steps that it will take with other partners to reduce impacts from combined sewer overflows.

Sustainable and resilient rural land-use

We will continue to work with farmers and land-managers to reduce resource use, reduce waste and restore natural capital. Further information can be found on the diffuse pollution in the rural environment page.

Removing man-made barriers to fish migration.

Migratory fish are facing significant challenges from numerous pressures threatening their survival. Addressing man-made barriers to migration is a cost-effective, reliable and relatively fast way to improve available habitat. 244 potential fish barriers have been identified in RBMP3 for a programme of scoping and removing where required.            

Other actions  

Other actions will continue to progress in the Distilling, Aquaculture and Hydropower sectors through SEPAs regulatory processes. Actions in protected areas including Bathing Waters, Shellfish Water Protected Areas and Wildlife Conservation Areas as well as waterbodies impacted by Invasive Non-Native Species, INNS and Acidification will be progressed with relevant stakeholders. Further details are set out in the plan documents and are available in the Water environment hub

For further information, please contact us.