Scotland - The Hydro Nation: OOSKAnews Talks To Roseanna Cunningham

30 Apr 2019 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews, in this (LINK) OOSKAnewscast video interview. Cunningham’s portfolio includes responsibility for Scotland – the Hydro Nation.

Scotland – the Hydro Nation

The Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 places a proactive duty on Scottish Government Ministers to "take such reasonable steps as they consider appropriate for the purpose of ensuring the development of the value of Scotland's water resources", developing economic and non-economic value of the country’s water resources in a sustainable way. 
The country’s vision of Scotland as a “Hydro Nation” is of a nation that husbands, manages and develops all of its water resources responsibly, and sustainably, regardless of how plentiful they are. This is consistent with the view that Scotland should act as a “Good Global Citizen”. The Hydro Nation Vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This is similar to the approach the country has taken in respect to Climate Change where legislation also places duties on Ministers to act.
This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.


Roseanna Cunningham discusses with OOSKAnews:

  • The rationale for Scotland - the Hydro Nation
  • “Scottish Water” – Scotland’s publicly-owned water utility
  • Climate-change, and Scotland’s relative abundance of water resources: Will Scotland become an exporter of water to water-scarcity-vulnerable neighbor England?
  • International elements of Scotland – the Hydro Nation, with particular reference to initiatives in Malawi and India
  • Incorporation of Scottish excellence in education and research in the Hydro Nation program
  • The Scotland – Hydro Nation Scholarship Program
  • Water innovation as intrinsic to the vision of Scotland – the Hydro Nation