Scotland’s Landscape Alliance – Online event 20th October 2020

Landscape and Place for Success – A Call to Action

The SLA held the online launch event of Landscape and Place for Success (Read here) on 20th October 2020 which coincided with the 20th anniversary of the European Landscape Convention and International Landscape Day. The event highlighted the need for continued support to ensure a collective focus on the importance of landscape and place in delivering its many future benefits that are essential to Scotland’s National Outcomes and a Green Recovery.

The recording of the event can be accessed here as well as the speaker presentations here.  There were 85 attendees prompting a good debate as well as the chat room discussions demonstrating a desire to progress the agenda of the SLA.

Over 80 people attended which included an introduction by Gillian Martin MSP and convenor of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Aim of the event

  1. Presentation by the SLA  of Landscape and Place for Success as well three interlinked Position Statements as recommendations to:
  2. Increase Scotland’s resilience to climate change and environmental challenges. (Read here)
  3. Improve the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland and reduce health inequalities. (Read here)
  4. Support integrated land uses and deliver inclusive growth in Scotland’s economy. ( Read here)
  5. The event will:-
  6. share the outcomes and recommendations from the working groups;
  7. highlight the 10 overarching outcomes that the SLA wish to achieve over the next 5 years
  8. Prioritise the top outcomes and kickstart the next stage of the journey to turn the recommendations into action.

Agreed priority outcomes

  • Based on the pre-event survey completed by delegates there was support for all outcomes but the top 3 priorities identified were:
  • There is leadership and recognition amongst key stakeholders (including the public) of landscape’s many benefits and the need to protect and care for Scotland’s landscape in order to deliver them.
  • Policies impacting on the landscape are shaped to positively contribute to the environmental, health and economic challenges of our time.
  • There is better integration of regulation and policy for landscape and biodiversity, recognising their mutual dependencies and co-benefits.

Next Steps

  • The SLA is committed to taking outcomes forward. Our objective is to determine the ongoing work of the SLA around the development of a supported plan of action for each of the outcomes and to continue to gain public and political support for the better care of Scotland’s landscapes and places to maximise future benefits.
  • We welcome contributions from different organisations across all areas and are seeking broad representation. info@scotlandslandscapealliance.org

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