Protected Areas for Nature Review

Protected areas have been at the centre of nature conservation policy since the 1940s. Much has been achieved through them.

In May 2014, we invited a panel to review how the role and purpose of Scotland’s network of protected areas for nature might be developed. The focus was on how to better secure public benefits within the context of wider thinking on land use and ecosystem services.

The panel, chaired by NatureScot Board member Simon Pepper, interviewed various experts and stakeholders over two days to inform its report.

Read the Protected Areas for Nature Review - Panel Report

Our Board welcomed the panel’s contribution to the review of protected areas. Its report offers opinion on the future of protected areas and reasoned challenge to current practice.

We’ve since been speaking with key partner bodies to consider these issues in more detail: a collation of contributions was published in March 2017.

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