Engaging and empowering communities and stakeholders in rural land use and management: technical report

Summary report of the aspects of research on how to assist rural communities to engage with decisions on land use and management.


This research aimed to:

  • Scope and describe the range of tools and approaches currently used, the advantages and disadvantages of each for different circumstances, and the practical lessons learned
  • Explore specific challenges and opportunities for the use of engagement and empowerment tools and approaches in a rural setting and in relation to land use and land management
  • Identify key elements that support successful engagement
  • Identify gaps that public bodies need to fill to increase their ability to engage communities
  • Provide recommendations on how public bodies can strengthen their engagement


Email: Clare Magill, socialresearch@gov.scot

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