Applying the ecosystem approach in Scotland

The Forth Road and Rail Bridges ©

A wide range of organisations throughout Scotland are involved in projects and initiatives that demonstrate the benefits of applying an ecosystems approach.

Many of these projects are focused on particular places within the country. Others are being undertaken to inform the future management of areas of land and sea throughout the country. This page introduces a selection of this work. The main index of UK place-based projects involved in the Ecosystems Knowledge Network is available here.

Projects and initiatives focused on the management of specific areas of land and sea



Northern Isles and North Highland

South Highland

Southern Scotland

Strathclyde and Ayrshire

Tayside and Grampian

The west end of Dundee from Dundee Law with Baxter Park in foreground. ©

Research initiatives

The following projects are being undertaken with a view to informing policy and practice throughout Scotland:

Frameworks and guidance

Alongside the work of the individual projects, Government and public agencies in Scotland are supporting the application of an ecosystems approach at the local and regional scale. For instance:

Mallaig Harbour, Western Scotland