A new guide aimed at improving links between land managers and communities has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates.
The community engagement protocol, the first of its kind to be published by the Scottish Land Commission, is intended to support greater collaboration and engagement between those who make decisions about land and those affected by them.
The protocol summarises good practice that can be adapted to suit the diverse circumstances of estates and communities across rural Scotland.
“We welcome this protocol as a useful tool for all stakeholders when decisions are being made about land use,” said Gavin Mowat, policy advisor for rural communities at SLE. “For land managers who already meet or exceed the standards set out in the protocol, it will give them confidence that they are doing a good job. For others who are looking to improve their practice it provides a good benchmark to work towards.
“Good relations between land owners, land managers, rural businesses and local communities are in our shared interests. We strongly support effective engagement between different stakeholders because this delivers benefits for all.”