Applying a land use strategy in the Scottish Borders

  • The River Tweed and its catchment (Credit: Scottish Borders Land Use Pilot)
    The River Tweed and its catchment (Credit: Scottish Borders Land Use Pilot)
  • Typical upland valley scene (Credit: Scottish Borders Land Use Pilot)
    Typical upland valley scene (Credit: Scottish Borders Land Use Pilot)
Case Study Information
Description: 
Demonstrating an integrated approach to the management of land around the River Tweed
Progress so far: 

A series of maps has been produced that illustrate the potential outcome of various public policies were implemented, such as how land would change under the policy for moving towards greater food security. 

The pilot study was completed in April 2015 and will inform the next Land Use Strategy for Scotland, which is due for completion in 2016.

Challenges and lessons learned: 

This project demonstrates the value of using a strategic approach in land management, in particular in the benefit of long standing forums, such as the Tweed Forum, in facilitating discussions between different interest groups.

The mapping used to illustrate the benefits of nature for people provided a useful tool in informing and engaging people in the discussion. 

Further information