Participatory land use planning and the ecosystem approach: what, when and how

Tuesday, 9th May 2017
Battleby Conference Centre, Perth PH1 3EW

CPD-level training day from Ecosystem Knowledge Network

Why this topic matters

In many countries around the world, participatory land use planning is a well-established approach to making descisions about the use and management of land, water and natural resources. The approach is intended to transform the way in which local communities and organisations are involved in these decisions. The aim is to achieve more ‘sustainable’ outcomes for everyone.

Forward-thinking public policies adopted by governments in the UK provide the mandate for increased application of participatory land use planning in the UK. Examples are the current Land Use Strategy for Scotland and the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Wales (Part 1 of the Environment Act - Wales, 2016)

The ecosystem approach is a set of internationally-recognised principles for the holistic and inclusive management of the environment. It guides the application of the ecosystem service and natural capital concepts, both of which are increasingly popular and are beginning to be cited in local planning policies and management plans for special landscapes.

Participatory land use planning and the ecosystem approach focus on people, joined-up decisions and sustainable use and management of natural resources. As such, they are highly complementary. Professionals involved in land use planning and management need to know what these concepts mean in practice so they can work towards the best possible outcomes for the clients and local communities that they serve.