Integrated Habitat Network Forum 2013


The first Integrated Habitat Network Forum was held in March in Glasgow to bring together around 40 Integrated Habitat Network (IHN) data users from local authorities, agencies, environmental charities and universities. The Forum was an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to share experiences of IHN use and develop thinking on how the IHN data can be improved in future years. The event was hosted jointly by Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and the CSGN Support Unit. Discussion points from the workshops and message boards on the day are helping to inform the development stages of an improved IHN for 2014/2015, and will directly influence the next version of the data.

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Updated Central Scotland Forest Strategy Published


Central Scotland Forest Trust and partners have released a revised Central Scotland Forest strategy. This highlights what has been achieved since the first strategy was launched in 1995 and sets out some ambitious targets for the future. Woodland cover, which stood at 11% at the start of the Forest’s development, now stands at 18% against the original target of 22%. The strategy review has provided the opportunity to define the role of the Forest in the context of the Central Scotland Green Network and to underline its importance in improving the quality of life in a historically degraded part of Scotland.

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Your Business, Your Greenspace Case Studies


Over the past year the CSGN Support Unit has been talking to businesses across the Central Belt which are reaping rewards from investing in their green infrastructure. The findings are now being launched as a suite of case studies. These ‘Your Business, Your Greenspace’ reports demonstrate how enterprises of all sizes, from all sectors, can meet business objectives and targets whilst playing a key role in developing greenspace.

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CSGN Forum


Planning for this year’s Forum is well underway. Last month we confirmed speakers from Atelier Dreisteitl and the South Pennine Watershed Landscape project. This month we are delighted to let you know of two further International speakers:

Dr. Gyeng Chul Kim, President of the Korean Transport Institute speaking about the Cheongyecheon Restoration Project; and

Michael Schwarze-Rodrian, Director of the Department & EU Representative of the Regional Association Ruhr speaking about the response to vacant land and derelict structures in the Ruhr and how this has led to world class parks and new uses, for example IBA Emscher Park and Zollverein.

We will get our booking system set up shortly so you can book your place.

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Consultants wanted for Interpretation Master Plan


The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) is seeking to commission the creation of an Interpretation Master Plan. This document will identify and develop key thematic stories to be told around the Initiative area and should provide IFLI with an innovative and integrated set of interpretation ideas and solutions to be implemented during the 2014 - 2018 delivery period. The successful agency will pull together existing data including details of priority project sites, target audiences and partners and community goals. This will be a key document for IFLI to submit as part of their Stage 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Landscape Partnership Scheme in October 2013.

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Landscape Institute GI Position Statement


'Green Infrastructure – An integrated approach to land use' was launched by the Landscape Institute at this year’s Ecobuild event. This new position document, which follows on from the first statement in 2009, showcases a range of strategic Green Infrastructure (GI) work and completed projects from around the UK. These projects clearly demonstrate how the use of GI can tackle a range of critical issues from public health and well-being to social cohesion, food and energy security and climate change mitigation and adaption.

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Imagining Natural Scotland: Call for submissions


Creative Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage and the University of St Andrews, is seeking proposals for collaborative interdisciplinary projects that creatively explore the ideas and issues surrounding the representation – now and in the past – of natural Scotland.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 29th April 2013 and more information on the project can be found on the Imagining Natural Scotland website.