Project LP.A7 (2014 - 2017)

Sustainable Futures: Erosion & Minimal Impact

Ben and Glen Nevis are nationally iconic areas for recreation. They attract hundreds of thousands of visitors as well as providing the setting for numerous events throughout the year. The area is also recognised for the international significance of its unique habitats and biodiversity. Much of the landscape area has been designated by the Scottish Government and the European Commission as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) – see appendices for details. Ben Nevis is also nationally important for its geodiversity and biodiversity, being designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

There is an inevitable and complex tension between recreation and conservation within the landscape. This project aimed to proactively engage with the issue of human impacts which was done through a process of dialogue, experimentation and evaluation. The project did not intend to start from the position of knowing the answers or having pre- determined solutions. Rather, it focused on inclusive and collaborative dialogue: exchanging ideas, exploring opportunities and adopting an open approach in supporting the efforts of stakeholders. The project contributed towards securing the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic natural assets.

This project also provided logistical support, training and information to assist major event organisers in reducing their impacts and was achieved through a collaborative process of dialogue. Networking and good practice events were supported with the Nevis Landscape Partnership drawing in a range of exemplar case studies. Some specific issues such as localised erosion along with more general issues of litter and human waste are likely to require a long-term effort which we have considered as part of the organisation's future plans. Flexibility, trial and error and a willingness to try new things are essential to this.

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