Scotland's Hill and Island Areas

Scotland's Hill and Island Areas

Scotland's Hill and Island Areas - September 2008

A new commitment to achieving rural community viability in Scotland is required. The report of  the Inquiry into Scotland’s Hills and Islands, states that there is a critical need to integrate social, economic and environmental measures for rural areas and empower communities to act within an overall national strategy. Highlighting opportunities as well as challenges, the independent Inquiry’s overall objectives are: achieving a sustainable future for the Hills and Islands with vibrant and viable human communities; an integrated diversity of land uses; well-managed natural systems and landscapes that also contribute to amelioration of climate change; development of other economic opportunities such as tourism, renewable energy and food; supported by appropriate financial mechanisms and services.

 

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