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SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARKS TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Scottish national parks will not be living museums. This was stated by Scottish environment minister Lord Sewel, sp...
Scottish national parks will not be living museums. This was stated by Scottish environment minister Lord Sewel, speaking in Stirling at a conference on national parks, organised by Scottish Wildlife and Countryside Link.

Lord Sewel said:

'National Parks in Scotland will be tailored to the particular requirements of Scotland. The watchword will be `sustainability'. I accept wholeheartedly the need to conserve our wonderful natural heritage but people live and work in our countryside. I have no interest in creating living museums where the emphasis is only on

conservation. Rural policy features high on my agenda and I am keen to encourage economic and social development throughout rural Scotland. I see national parks as embracing rural development, and going forward

with this in tandem with conservation.

'The Scottish parliament will wish to address the question of national parks in detail. It will have time to deal properly with such issues. The Scottish parliament will be concerned to ensure that the legislation it passes is appropriate to Scottish circumstances. Different structures will be appropriate to different areas but our national parks will have the common aim of promoting the sustainable development of the area.

'The important thing is that the debate on national parks has moved on, into a more positive arena. We are no longer arguing about whether or not we should have national parks in Scotland, but about what

kind of national parks are appropriate.'

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