The call of different wilds: the importance of definition and perception in protecting and managing Scottish wild landscapes

Authors: Robert Mc Morran a; Martin F. Price a;Charles R. Warren b

Affiliations:   a Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, UHI Millennium Institute, Perth, UK
  b School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St. Andrews, Fife, UK
DOI: 10.1080/09640560701862955
Publication Frequency: 8 issues per year
Published in: journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Volume 51, Issue 2 March 2008 , pages 177 – 199
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Previously published as: Planning Outlook (0032-0714) until 1992

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    Abstract

    Concepts of wild land have recreational, ecological and cultural dimensions, and place varying emphasis on physical landscape attributes and the perceptions of users. In Scotland, national and NGO policies show reasonable consistency in interpreting and defining ‘wild land’, emphasising the (perception of) lack of current human influence as a key criterion. This research used semi-structured interviews with key individuals and a questionnaire survey of land managers to evaluate concepts and perceptions of wild land in Scotland. Recognising that the conceptual and spatial definition of wild land is a key issue, a new typology is proposed. Weaknesses in the policy framework, as well as key potential threats to, and opportunities associated with, wild landscapes are identified. Management initiatives are fitted to the typology and divided into four management themes. Key recommendations are: (i) that national policy for wild landscapes needs to incorporate criteria, which recognise the multiple values deriving from such areas; and (ii) that future research should combine user group preferences with physical attribute information in determining what constitutes wild landscapes.

     

    I don’t seem to have access to this journal so don’t have the full text but I can imagine its a bit of a primer for the conference.

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