Carse of Stirling Project

Over the last year, a group of local people and organisations have been working together to develop a Vision and Action Plan for the future of land use in the Carse of Stirling. The “Carse of Stirling Ecosystem Services Project” has brought together a Stakeholder Panel of local farmers and land managers, community representatives, environmental and recreational interests to consider the wide range of benefits that are derived from the land in the Carse of Stirling, and how these can be developed and maximised in a balanced, integrated way.

The Project was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA and was facilitated by a project team comprising LUC and STAR Development Group.  It is a demonstration project designed to explore new ways of working with land managers, communities and other stakeholders to look at the future management of areas like the Carse of Stirling.

The project aims to explore the usefulness of the idea of ecosystem services as away of thinking about the range of benefits provided by an area, and how these may be affected by different types of future change. Understanding these benefits will help ensure that they are properly recognised and managed in the future.

A collective Vision has been developed by the Stakeholder Panel to guide the Benefits Action Plan :

“The Carse of Stirling Project Area is recognised as a place that delivers a broad range of benefits in terms of the products we get from the land, the regulation of our environment, its contribution to cultural and our quality of life and its role in supporting plant and animal life. The Carse of Stirling Project area is economically, socially and environmentally resilient, vibrant and viable.” 

Over the coming year, the Stakeholder Panel is committed to continue working towards implementation of the Action Plan.  To support the Panel, SNH are funding a one year “development phase” supported by STAR Development Group which aims to: 

  • Develop the Stakeholder Panel – working towards an organisational structure fit for purpose to implement the Action Plan 
  • Develop a detailed implementation plan for delivery of the Action Plan – with a focus on priority projects and actions identified by the Panel 
  • Develop an evaluation and monitoring framework that recognises the interdependence of the ecosystem services and monitors changes to them 
  • Enable promotion and communication of the Action Plan and the Stakeholder Panel to a wider audience 
  • Seek partnership support and funding for continuation of the Panel beyond the Development Phase &  explore and progress funding opportunities for priority projects 

The Panel members will also be looking to learn from how other areas, such as the Carse of Gowrie in Perthshire, have approached joint working at a landscape scale.   

Documents relating to the project:

Carse of Stirling Newsletter - issue 1

The work is being carried out by consultants STAR. 
For further information please contact Colin Roxburgh at STAR.

 

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