Cyber-attack & data theft: Our response & service status


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Scotland's land supports our green farmlands and our sprawling cities. The land sustains a diverse range of industries vital to Scotland’s economic health, while the landscape is a valuable resource, providing a wide range of leisure activities and an environment for all to enjoy.

Service status

A sophisticated criminal cyber-attack has had a major impact on the way SEPA works. We are working through all the services that we provide to understand what we need to do in the short and longer term to restore services. We are approaching this work with a sense of urgency.


Scotland’s natural diversity stems from a land mass of around 78,000km² and 10,000km of coastline and inhabited islands.

Land quality is defined by its ability to sustain and fulfil a variety of uses and is dependent on its make up and functionality.

Through its ability to filter and retain nutrients, the land can:

  • protect air and water quality;
  • support habitats;
  • enhance biodiversity;
  • play a part in flood risk management.

Soil quality forms an essential part of the carbon cycle – it can store carbon, but under certain circumstances, it can be a source of greenhouse gases.

Our aim is to protect, maintain and restore Scotland’s land quality by providing expert guidance on good practice of land management and through a variety of regulations.

Find out more about how we protect and improve Scotland’s land and soil in this section.