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Land use - getting the best from our land: strategy 2021 to 2026

Scotland's Third Land Use Strategy sets out our vision, objectives and policies to achieve sustainable land use. The strategy covers the next five years and aims to provide a more holistic understanding of our land, the demands we place upon it and the benefits we get from our land.

Land use - getting the best from our land: strategy 2021 to 2026
Annex E – Monitoringand evaluation of the Land Use Strategy

Annex E – Monitoringand evaluation of the Land Use Strategy

The ten Land Use Strategy indicators were chosen to monitor the progress being made in the delivery of the first Strategy's three Objectives. Although they do not provide a comprehensive measure of every aspect of land use associated with the Land Use Strategy, they provide a relatively balanced picture of important representative elements and we shall maintain them in the publication of this Strategy whilst recognising the importance of on-going consideration.

In order to provide background, the national indicators are supplemented by related indicators and information to provide useful context. Further information on trends illustrated by the indicators and contextual indicators and information can be found on the Land Use Strategy webpages.

The indicators are shown below, and supplementary information and data is provided on the Scottish Government website. The relationship of indicators to the Land Use Strategy's three long term Objectives is also shown.

Indicator and context Land Use Strategy Objective

1 Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) greenhouse gas emissions.

Supplemented with information on renewable energy


2 Gross Value Added (GVA) in agriculture and forestry.

Supplemented with information on Total Income from Farming.


3 Scottish tourism visits

Supplemented with information on regional tourism, information from the Moffat Centre and Scotland Visitor Survey

1 and 3

4 High nature value farming and forestry

Supplemented by information on the favourable condition target

1 and 2

5 Natural Capital Asset Index (NCAI)

Supplemented with information from UK National Ecosystem Assessment


6 Water ecological status

Supplemented by information on river water quality


7 Terrestrial breeding birds

Supplemented by information on Scottish Natural Heritage Trend Notes and Farmland Bird Trends in Scotland


8 Volunteering in nature

Supplemented by information from the Scottish Nature Omnibus

2 and 3

9 Visits to the outdoors

Supplemented by data on the use made of greenspace


10 Community inclusion in land use decision making

Supplemented by information on Forestry Commission Scotland indicators and the Scotland's People and Nature Survey (SPANS)