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Page updated: 12 December 2020

To effectively scan the environment and understand how changes might impact on the SAR sector’s ability to deliver on its key outcome, an organising structure is required.

The SAR sector’s effectiveness hinges on how it responds to external environmental factors as well as how it operates (its ‘internal’ environment’). This environmental scan explores the impact of both external and internal drivers on its ability to save lives over the next 20 years. 

So, this environmental scan asks the following questions:

  1. What are the major external Political, Economic, Social, Technology, Legal and Environmental (PESTLE) trends potentially impacting on the SAR sector’s demand in future?

  2. What are the major internal trends or factors potentially impacting on SAR capacity and capability (i.e. "supply") in future?

  3. How might these trends impact on SAR services over the next 20 years?

We also do a "deep dive" in a number of specific challenges and opportunities which are likely to require particular attention as SAR agencies plan for the future. 

This involves looking at the impacts, and possible adaptive responses to:

- COVID-19 impacts

- Climate change

- Rapid technological progress.

In light of these major changes, we explore questions around the resilience and adaptability of the SAR sector.

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