The next stage of the Scottish Government’s commitment to establish at least one new National Park by 2026 is underway with the launch of a public consultation.
The New National Park stakeholder consultation, led by NatureScot, is inviting contributions which will help define how a new National Park will protect and restore nature, tackle climate change and promote sustainable land use.
It is nearly 20 years since the first two National Parks were created in Scotland. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park was established in 2002 and Cairngorms National Park was established in 2003, following the approval of the National Parks (Scotland) Act in 2000.
Key stakeholder and interest groups from across Scotland’s local authorities, visitor destination groups, conservation, planning and education bodies are being invited to contribute to the new National Park consultation about the role of Scotland’s National Parks and the criteria for selecting a new one.
The New National Park stakeholder consultation will be open for contributions until 30 November 2022.
National Park status helps to safeguard and enhance the special qualities of these two areas, balancing the needs of people, landscape and nature. The two existing park locations are some of the most heavily visited areas in the country. The park authorities help to co-ordinate work to benefit the area in the long-term, with local people being more involved in these decisions. Alongside conserving and enhancing nature, Scotland’s National Parks also have aims to promote the sustainable use of the area’s natural resources; the public’s understanding and enjoyment of its special features; and the social and economic development of the communities who live there.