The first Land Rights and Responsibilities Protocol, ‘Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land,’ sets out practical advice on how landowners, land managers and communities can work together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land use.
The Protocol supports the Guidance on Engaging Communities in decisions relating to land, which was published by the Scottish Government.
We have also created a range of tools to support land owners in engaging with communities including a route map detailing engagement methods and what is expected of land owners and managers in different situations and a practice guide to engagement plans to support the community engagement process.
Good Practice Community Engagement Surveys
Responsible management of land for natural capital is essential for a just transition.
In 2019, the Scottish Land Commission carried out two surveys one of landowners and managers, and one of community organisations and individuals, in order to establish a baseline measurement of involvement in and experiences of community engagement activities carried out by landowners.
The result of the first survey gave us some figures from which progress can be measured and enabled us to identify where further support might be needed. We're now carrying out a follow-up survey to understand what progress has been made in the last few years, and what additional support or changes might now be required to encourage more effective engagement of communities in land-use decision making. The survey is open to everyone in Scotland, and we are looking for as many views as possible, so please consider taking ten to fifteen minutes to fill out the questionnaire and tell us what you think.
Landowners & Managers survey