Scotland’s Landscape Alliance (SLA) was established in April 2019 and is currently engaging over 65 organisations and individuals in its work.
Purpose and Objectives
Our purpose is to bring together a range of organisations and individuals who have an interest in the design, enhancement, stewardship, protection and promotion of Scotland’s landscapes, within the framework of an informal alliance.
The aim of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance (SLA) is to collaborate to maximise the benefits provided by Scotland’s landscapes, whether economic, social, cultural or environmental, and to gain public and political support for better care of landscape and place.
The SLA will publish a report outlining recommendations for policy, regulatory and other changes to assist in the realisation of the outcomes from the ‘Landscape for Scotland Debate’ following the publication of the LIS vision ‘Landscape for Scotland’ with the aim of enhancing the role of landscapes in delivering a wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits.
These recommendations will be derived from the outputs of three time-limited working groups:
- Landscapes for Health and Wellbeing
- Landscape and Environmental Challenges
- Landscape for Land Use and the Economy
- An updated regulatory and policy framework that is joined-up in its approach, ensuring that the potential of landscape and place to deliver multi-functional benefits to people and our ecosystems, across every area of public policy, is realised;
- Increased understanding and heightened awareness with politicians and the public of the values and challenges facing Scotland’s landscapes;
- A reinvigorated and connected landscape community able to offer expertise and skills to support positive action on landscape matters.
Scotland is blessed with a diversity of world class natural and cultural landscapes. This diversity is arguably the nation’s greatest asset – one which provides the foundation for a sense of identity linked to our cultural and natural heritage.
Our landscapes provide the physical context for our lives, where we live, work and play. Whilst a wide range of public benefits can derive from landscape and place, there is deep inequality in access and distribution.
Access to high quality landscapes influences our health, wellbeing and livelihoods. This diversity and utility of landscapes presents some major challenges in how change is managed, who determines that and how it is regulated and incentivised.
Responsibility for landscape issues is a devolved matter to the Scottish Government. ‘Scottish Natural Heritage’ is the lead government body responsible for landscape but there are multiple agencies and organisations which directly and indirectly influence our national landscapes and quality of place; almost every area of public policy has potential opportunities to enhance or degrade landscapes.
Through the UK, Scotland is a signatory (2006) to the European Landscape Convention which was a trigger to establish the Scottish Landscape Forum. The Forum was disbanded on completion of its agreed work programme and publication of the Scottish Landscape Charter (2010) which is no longer being actively progressed. There is a perceived lack of public awareness and political interest in the role that landscapes play in our lives.
The SLA seeks to reinvigorate and reconnect organisations and the community with the importance and benefits of Scotland’s landscapes