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Ecosystems Approach

Applying an ecosystems approach to land use

Green infrastructure - cycling along boardwalk

The Land Use Strategy sets out the need to demonstrate how an ecosystems approach might be taken into account in relevant decisions. This Information Note is a first step towards doing this, outlining the principles, benefits and practical applications of an ecosystems approach. It will mainly be relevant to public bodies involved in land use decisions but may also be of interest to land managers and NGOs.

 

Making the most of communities' natural assets: green infrastructure

Making the most of communities' natural assets: green infrastructure explains how communities and those who serve them can use land and water in a way which works with nature.  It explains how to apply an ecosystems approach and suggests some practical steps on how to make the most of green infrastructure as well as providing links to further information and examples.

 

Any comments on these documents or on the application of an ecosystem approach would be welcome at landusestrategy@gov.scot

 

What is happening in Scotland?

There are a wide range of organisations throughout Scotland that are involved in projects and initiatives that demonstrate the application of an ecosystem approach and the benefits it can bring.  A list of some of these is available on the Ecosystem Knowledge Network site.