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Financial guidelines for supporting the management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Natura 2000 sites

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Financial guidelines for supporting the management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest Natura 2000 sites

Overview of the Financial Guidelines

Section 1 - Introduction

Section 1 introduces the Guidelines and sets out the policy and legislative background to both this guidance and the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 ("the 2004 Act"). The legal status of the Guidelines is explained.

Section 2 - Support for the voluntary management of SSSIs and Natura sites

Section 2 provides brief guidance explaining how managers of SSSIs and Natura sites can enter into voluntary agreements with public authorities which provide financial support to maintain or enhance the nature conservation interest of these sites.

Section 3 - Entitlement to compensatory management agreements

Section 3 contains more detailed guidance covering specific entitlements which land managers may have when SNH or the Scottish Ministers use powers under the 2004 Act to ensure the maintenance of the nature conservation interest of SSSIs and Natura sites.

Section 4 - Land Management Orders - Payments

Section 4 deals with payments covering the cost of operations required under Land Management Orders and explains the effect of non-compliance.

Section 5 - Dispute resolution

Section 5 sets out broad principles which apply in cases where disputes arise and makes arrangements to ensure that deadlines for appeal do not prevent parties from seeking negotiated settlements.

Annexes A, B and C

Annexes A and B to the Financial Guidelines set out detailed rules applying to SNH management agreements and the circumstances in which professional fees will be reimbursed. Sources of further information about management schemes and agreements, appeals, complaints and other matters are listed in Annex C.