Out of the wilderness? Achieving sustainable development within Scottish national parks

Adam Barker, Aileen Stockdale

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The introduction of national parks to Scotland represents a significant shift in the evolution of protected area management within the UK. Although the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000 adopts the established national park aims of conservation and recreation, provisions are also made for advancing notions of sustainable development. This paper provides an assessment of the degree to which the Scottish national park model is likely to enable the realisation of multiple national park objectives. Five key areas are considered for analysis. These relate to management aims, institutional arrangements, implementation, democratic accountability and funding. The evaluation reveals that whilst management provisions have been established in accordance with international sustainable development guidelines, a number of concerns relating to operational processes remain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-193
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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