Publication - Strategy/plan

Getting the best from our land - A land use stategy for Scotland Action Plan December 2011

Published: 21 Dec 2011
Part of:
Environment and climate change
ISBN:
9781780455457

Action Plan outlining how the Proposals in the Land Use Strategy will be taken forward. Includes information on how the Principles for Sustainable Land Use will be mainstreamed.

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Getting the best from our land - A land use stategy for Scotland Action Plan December 2011
Annex D: Glossary and acronyms

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Annex D: Glossary and acronyms

This glossary provides a guide to terms as they are used in the Land Use Strategy Action Plan.

biodiversity The variety of life on Earth.
carbon A chemical element which is part of many greenhouse gases, for example carbon dioxide and methane. Greenhouse gas emissions are reported in carbon dioxide equivalents - for which 'carbon' is often used as shorthand.
carbon sequestration Processes that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
community The term community includes individuals and groups, and can be based on location (for example people who live, work or use an area) or common interest (for example the business community, sports or heritage groups).
ecosystem A dynamic complex of plant, animal and micro-organism communities and their non-living environment, interacting as a functional unit.
the ecosystem approach A strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way, and which recognises that people with their cultural and varied social needs are an integral part of ecosystems.
ecosystem services The benefits people obtain from ecosystems; these include provisioning services such as food, water, timber and fibre; regulating services that affect climate, floods, disease, waste and water quality; cultural services with recreational, aesthetic, and spiritual benefits; and supporting services such as soil formation, photosynthesis and nutrient cycling.
land-based businesses Businesses which derive products and services from the management of land; for example farming, forestry, renewable energy, recreation and tourism.
low-carbon economy An economy in which less energy and resources are used - domestically, commercially and across the public sector; where energy increasingly comes from sources that produce fewer carbon emissions, such as water, wind, wave and solar power; and where economic opportunities from efficiencies and saving carbon are realised.
prime agricultural land Land which is capable of producing the widest variety of crops (identified as being of Class 1, 2 or 3.1 in the land capability classification for agriculture, as developed by the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute).
public goods Goods that cannot be withheld from people, even if they do not pay for them.
sustainable development Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
sustainable land use Land use that makes its best possible contribution to fulfilling our Objectives, with regard to the Principles in this Strategy, whilst maintaining the land's capacity for future use.
vacant and derelict land Vacant land is land which is unused for the purposes for which it is held and is viewed as an appropriate site for development. This land must either have had prior development on it or preparatory work has taken place in anticipation of future development. Derelict land is land which has been so damaged by development, that it is incapable of development for beneficial use without rehabilitation. In addition the land must currently not be used for the purpose for which it is held or a use acceptable in the local plan. Land also qualifies as derelict if it has an unremedied previous use which could constrain future development.
CAP Common Agricultural Policy, a system of European Union agricultural subsidies and programmes
CEH Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
CSGN Central Scotland Green Network
COP Conferences of the Parties
FCS Forestry Commission Scotland
FFBC Farming For a Better Climate
FRMP Flood Risk Management Plan
F&WS Forestry and Woodland Strategies
GHG Greenhouse Gas
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
LIFE The EU's financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU, as well as in some candidate, acceding and neighbouring countries.
MRPs This research is conducted through the Main Research Providers for rural and environment science in the Scottish Government.
NGO Non Governmental Organisation
RBMP River Basin Management Plan
RESAS The Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division
RPP Report on Policies and Proposals
SAC Scottish Agricultural College
SEARS Scotland's Environment and Rural Services, a partnership between eight public bodies aiming to improve the experience among land managers by working together to provide an efficient and effective service - see http://www.sears.scotland.gov.uk/
SEPA Scottish Environment Protection Agency
SG Scottish Government
SNH Scottish Natural Heritage
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
WEAG Woodland Expansion Advisory Group