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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Nature is at the heart of the OpenNESS case study site in the Cairngorms

A new partnership aimed at driving forward conservation projects in the Cairngorms National Park (UK) to ensure it is in good shape for future generations, was launched by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on 18 May 2013. This partnership will also function as the ‘Case study Advisory Board’ (CAB) in OpenNESS.

'Cairngorms Nature' involves a range of partners all with an active role in helping to conserve and enhance the nature and ecosystem services of the Cairngorms National Park. They are responsible for the implementation of the Cairngorms Nature Action Plan 2013-2018, which will deliver an ambitious conservation vision for the UK's largest National Park and contribute to the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.

Dr Jan Dick, Landscape Physiologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), presented the OpenNESS project to local stakeholders and there was a good degree of interest in how all ecosystem services could be acknowledged and valued in decision making.

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Photo: Hamish Trench (CNPA Strategic Land Use Director) shows his son the outline of the CNPA in the QuickScan tool © George Macdonald, Scottish Gamekeepers Association and Charitable Trust