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
- Stirling ecosystems approach demonstration project
- Inner Forth Landscape Partnership
- The Great Trossachs Forest
Northern Isles and North Highland
Strathclyde and Ayrshire
- Delivering multiple benefits from River Basin Planning – Clyde pilot project
- Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
- South Lanarkshire windfarm and land management
Tayside and Grampian
The following projects are being undertaken with a view to informing policy and practice throughout Scotland:
- Applying the ecosystem approach to optimise agricultural systems
- Implications of implementing biodiversity enhancement and diffuse pollution mitigation at a catchment scale
- Climate change impacts on Scotland’s landscapes and the impact of this on quality of life
- CoastAdapt: The Sea as Our Neighbour: Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Communities
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:
- The Scottish Government’s Land Use Strategy makes explicit reference to the approach.
- The document to inform the consultation on the 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity identifies many of the principles of an ecosystems approach.
- Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has produced a framework to help people to adopt an ecosystems approach. An ecosystems approach was also the topic of an SNH workshop in October 2012.
- The information note "Making the most of communities’ natural assets: green infrastructure" by the Scottish Government explains how an ecosystems approach can be applied in green infrastructure planning.