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Scotland focused on upland vision

Holyrood to use SNH scoping report to decide on potential strategic plan

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Scotland’s natural heritage watchdog has put forward a series of recommendations that could help shape a potential strategic vision for the country’s uplands.

Suggested measures would include input from and policies for the renewable energy sector as part of wider discussions about the “multiple benefits” of the geography, including how it can help to address climate change.

The Scottish government asked Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to scope the vision as part of its Land Use Strategy 2016–2021.

“A strategic vision would be a high-level aspirational statement about the benefits that we want the uplands to provide for Scotland both now and in the future and the balance of land uses that we need to achieve this,” said SNH.

The report itself echoed the call from stakeholders for “balance”.

“The renewable energy potential of the uplands was commonly reiterated although this was often accompanied by qualifications about the need to safeguard sensitive upland landscapes,” it said.

The full SNH report is available here.

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