Digital transformation within Scotland’s environment sector

We believe that digital transformation can accelerate the speed at which Scottish environment organisations can address the shared challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.

By collaborating openly on the digital transformation agenda, organisations can become more resilient, efficient and effective at tackling the threats facing our natural world.

What’s happening?

To look at this is in more detail we will be holding an online event with CEOs of environment agencies and environment NGOs on Monday 31 August 2020.


  • Francesca Osowska, CEO of NatureScot
  • Jo Pike,CEO of Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Dr Murray Collins, Edinburgh University & Space Intelligence, Earth science
  • Daisy Narayanan, Sustrans, Sustainable urban environments / citizen science
  • Morgan Korchia, Head of Digital Innovation at SopraSteria

With a panel discussion hosted by Gordon Watson, CEO of Loch Lomond &Trossachs National Park

  • Why collaborate on digital transformation within the environment sector?
  • Why collaborate across public, and voluntary sectors? How best to engage private sector and academia?
  • Why has NatureScot and the Scottish Wildlife Trust taken the initiative on getting this going?
  • Why is it important for CEOs to engage directly?

Find out more at the event’s dedicated wiki page.

Aims and ambitions

  • To encourage shared learning and innovation that will enable us to scale up our efforts to reverse the loss of biodiversity.
  • To improve how we engage people and organisations in environmental issues, including through citizen science.
  • To increase understanding of the ways in which digital solutions can add scientific value to the environment sector, including through Earth observation, innovative applications of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.

“The Sustainable Development Goals lay out the most important challenges we need to address for the sake of people and planet by 2030. […] Digital technology provides part of the answer to these challenges.”

Prof. Jeffery Sachs, President, Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Get involved

Embracing innovative technologies, [briefed by] scientific discovery,
improving operational effectiveness and empowering an informed
public will help us all create a nature-rich future.


Collaborating on digital transformation

To support collaboration, open planning and discussion, we have created an open shared resource that will allow all relevant parties to help develop and benefit from the digital transformation agenda for Scotland’s environment sector.

We’ve chosen a wiki platform to support this, for several reasons. Firstly, it’s accessible through government firewalls while many proprietary digital platforms are not. Secondly, it’s more robust and road-tested than many options it and continually evolves. Thirdly, it’s easier for engaging a lot of people and registration is optional. Finally, it’s machine readable by the software used for accessibility needs, driving total inclusivity.

We want you to directly shape these plans by adding your ideas and content through this wiki.

Start collaborating

View the wiki and start collaborating by adding your ideas and content.

Visit the wiki

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What's being planned

Seminar with CEOs – of the environment sector, to inspire and call for action (August 2020)

Interactive sharing and learning workshop – with digital leaders in the environment sector, to share learning and best practice (TBC)

What's in progress

Digital resource – to capture learning and develop a knowledge base for eNGOs to contribute and tap in to (initiated Feb 2020)

What's been delivered

Concept for digital transformation – as it applies to the environment sector (delivered Nov 2019)

Planning webinar with eNGOs in Scotland – to ensure buy-in and negotiate the agenda (delivered Jan 2020)

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