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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Operationalising QuickScan in the Cairngorms

On a wet blustery day fifteen local stakeholders met with a seven person OpenNESS team in Tomintoul, the highest village in the Scottish Highlands. They met to discuss their general knowledge needs in relation to the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership and specifically to evaluate the utility of geospatial planning software QuickScan and the cascade conceptual framework. These tools are being tested across Europe for their ability to aid community planning.

Peter Verwey and Theo van der Sluis, demonstrated QuickScan and then the group agreed to investigate five ecosystem services which are delivered in the study area. They co-created benefit matrices and ran scenarios related to riparian woodland creation and substantially expanded commercial forestry. The potential conflict zones (between services and between providers and receivers of the services) were considered.

Rodela Romina organised the evaluation of the QuickScan via pre and post QuickScan session questionnaires. The community appreciated the transparency of QuickScan and were surprised at some of the results (e.g. lack of conflict between commercial timber production and livestock farming). Although some doubted the ability of a community group to operate QuickScan others with more GIS experience felt this was not a major problem.

Esther Carmen facilitated a focus group covering the utility of the cascade model and general knowledge needs of the group. In general the group reported that they found the day stimulating and appreciated the opportunity to discuss the issues in a structured space. The OpenNESS team is now busy processing the tapes from the focus group and pre/post QuickScan evaluation questionnaires which will be delivered back to the group by late November this year.

Photo: Local stakeholder presenting feedback from his breakout group during the QuickScan session at the Crown Estate office in Tomintoul, Scotland