Over the life of this Plan it is essential to work in partnership with others to deliver better stewardship of land and water across the public, private and community owned areas that together make up the National Park. Better integration of land and water management across different land ownerships, will be key to increasing resilience in a changing world where more sustainable use of the Park’s natural resources becomes increasingly important.
Scotland’s 2020 Biodiversity Challenge sets out to deliver the international United Nations Aichi Biodiversity target for restoring 15% of degraded ecosystems. In the Park our biggest contribution can be through restoring and enhancing the habitat quality of the large scale woodland, upland and wetland ecosystems that are found here.
The majority of these habitats (56%) are owned by private landowners, with 31% being held by state agencies and 4.5% by environmental Non-Governmental Organisations. Therefore it is important that we establish effective, mutually beneficial partnerships with land managers and find innovative approaches to trialling and piloting large scale habitat restoration projects.
The Scottish Government’s Land Use Strategy 2016 identifies the creation of new Regional Land Use Partnerships as a policy that will to bring people together for the better understanding and integration of land use. We wish to lead the way to help deliver this action by establishing and facilitating new Land Use Partnerships in the National Park. These will operate at catchment scales and across land ownerships in order to deliver better stewardship of land and water across public and private land, and involve local communities.
|LEAD DELIVERY PARTNERS INCLUDE:|
|Scottish Natural Heritage|
|Forestry Commission Scotland|
|Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)|
|Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Division (RPID)|
|National Farmers Union of Scotland|
|SUPPORT DELIVERY PARTNERS:|
|Private Land Managers|
|Scottish Land and Estates|
|Rural Society for the Protection of Birds|
|National Trust for Scotland|
|Confederation of Forest Industries|
|Deer Management Groups|
|Woodland Trust Scotland|