Land Use and BiodiversityTeam
The Scottish Government
1C North
Victoria Quay

Phone 0131 244 7412




Land Use Strategy annual stakeholder event 2015

110 stakeholders attended this year's Land Use Strategy Stakeholder Event at SNH Battleby Perth on 11th June 2015. The event report and presentations from this year's have been published here.  

Progress Statement 2015 now published

Details of the delivery of the Land Use Strategy Proposals and the Regional Land Use Pilot Projects are found in this years Progress Statement 2015 which was published on 8 June.

Discussion events

Around 220 stakeholders came to discussion events in Inverness, Edinburgh, Perth and Oban between October and November 2014 to talk about the review of the Land Use Strategy. Some of the frequently expressed views can be found on the LUS Review page.

Short guide to the review

A short guide to the review of the Land Use Strategy has been published. The leaflet provides a brief introduction to the review and invites views on what the next strategy should contain. This is an opportunity for everyone to help develop the next strategy and to identify the actions that will deliver it.

Land Use Strategy

Land Use Strategy

Scotland's first Land Use Strategy was laid in Parliament on 17 March 2011. A short guide to the Strategy is available. The development of the Strategy is a key commitment of Section 57 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

There is a wide consensus that we are not getting the best from Scotland's land even though we continue to demand more and more from it. The Land Use Strategy takes a strategic approach to the challenges facing land use in Scotland. By recognising the benefits and implications of our decisions and by focusing on common goals for different land users, the Strategy will help to achieve a more integrated approach to land use, maintaining the future capacity of Scotland's land.


A Scotland where we fully recognise, understand and value the importance of our land resources, and where our plans and decisions about land use deliver improved and enduring benefits, enhancing the wellbeing of our nation.

The Strategy sets out three Objectives relating to the economy, environment and communities - the three pillars of sustainability. It also provides a set of Principles for Sustainable Land Use to guide policy and decision making by Government and across the public sector. And it builds on the Government's current activities through further Proposals to help meet the Objectives.

The Strategy will help to set us on the right path, but it is the longer-term shifts in our approach which will result in the changes we want:

  • Delivering multiple benefits
  • Partnerships with nature
  • Linking people with the land

Please contact the team directly using the contact details on this page if you require any further information.

Keep up to date

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