The Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre (DGERC) is hosted by Southern Uplands Partnership, a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. The Centre aims to further the appreciation, understanding and protection of the natural environment of Dumfries and Galloway by collecting, collating, managing and safeguarding relevant data and providing a focal point through which anyone may access the information. The DGERC was officially launched by Mr Allan Wilson, former Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development, on Monday 13th September 2004 and is one of many Local Record Centres around the UK.
This need for a local repository for environmental information was highlighted in the development of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan. The initial development of the Centre was funded by a number of sources, including Scottish Natural Heritage, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Landfill Tax Credits Scheme, Leader +, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. The ongoing development of the DGERC and its services is funded through Service Level Agreements with Scottish Natural Heritage and Dumfries and Galloway Council and range of projects undertaken in partnership with other local organisations such as Solway Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Project work has also been supported by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government and the European Community, Dumfries & Galloway LEADER 2007 – 2013 Programme.