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Holistic An ecosystem approach is required which is a holistic and integrated approach to land, water and living resources for effective sustainable conservation Scottish natural heritage supports this approach.


S o SS c oo iiu e


Uk Government

• Environmental policy 80% carbon free • Energy & climate change policy, Natural England



NGO & Community

• SEA & SEPA • Scottish Natural Heritage, Nature Conservation Act • Forestry, River Restoration, Year of Natural Scotland • Nature Conservation Act 2004

• Natura 2000 EU • WWF

Character Assessment

“Different landscape types blend and combine over great distances…Immense Open space inspiring exhilaration & personal freedom…..Lack of shelter, exposed and sensate…”

“We must all live as part of nature. We must live within environmental limits, adapting our society to a greener approach. Fail to do so and future generations will consider us entirely negligent. We have their future in our hands. We must respect the planet’s environment, resources and biodiversity.�

Ecological Intelligence

we are to develop within ourselves new ways of being in the world.

What are the relationships? What is ethical wise action?

We have to have people who are broader, who have more

vision, who are longer-term thinkers, who are more

adaptable and more connected.� Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE.

“The crises facing the world today are deeply interwoven, and approaching each independently is both inadequate and unhelpful. Indeed, a solution to one problem might exacerbate another if designed in isolation.�


Peat bog

Deer, birds, fish, corals, seals




Landscapes & wildland

“The crisis of biodiversity loss, can only begin to be addressed in earnest if the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services are fully recognised and represented in decision-making.� Pavan Sukhdev Special Advisor to UNEP

Complexity & Process Interconnected Dynamic Adapting Emergent

Einstein understood this: “A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest...a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of • prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all of living beings & the natural world.”

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carbon-free electricity generation by 2030? Scotland: 0.08% of the world’s population but produces an estimated 0.2% of the world’s GHG emissions.


Scottish soils are rich in carbon and store over 3,000 million tonnes of carbon, equivalent to over 180 years of annual Scottish GHG emissions

Wilderness & Wild land 2013 Year of Natural Scotland

To promote Scotland as one of the world’s most stunning places, full of natural splendour, awe inspiring landscapes, wildlife and biodiversity.

Aims of Natural Scotland 2013

PEATLANDS Water supply, flood management, recreation, large carbon store

Around 91 per cent of Scots think it important for Scotland to have wild places because they are seen as part of Scotland’s culture and heritage.

NATURE AS GUIDE “The question of reaching sustainability is not about if we will have enough energy, enough food, or other tangible resources…. The question is: will there be enough leaders in time?” - Dr. Göran Broman and Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, MSLS Programme founders

“The sun shines not on us but in us, the rivers flow not past us but through us� John Muir 1911

The more we bring people into right relationship with nature the more chance we have of restoring this balance. Natural landscapes need to become places of learning and experience- a place of re-remembrance of our roots and source .



Landscapes for people and health ‘In their rich diversity, Scotland’s landscapes are a national treasure. They provide the context for our daily lives and are a major attraction for our tourist visitors. As settings for outdoor recreation they are a source of refreshment and inspiration formany. They bear witness to the activities of our forebears and are a critical element in defining Scotland’s identity. … The aim should be to build environmental capital and pass wellmanaged, high quality landscapes on to future generations.’ National Planning Framework for Scotland (2004)

“Nature is essential for human life. Nature includes plants, animals, micro-organisms and the environment they live in such as water, rocks and soils. People are not separate from nature; we are a part of its rich diversity. there is a danger that nature’s services are taken for granted�

Sustainability includes social sustainability.

Any notion of well being is embedded within the Scottish culture and that the community can partake and feel a part of.

“achieving a green economy may be less to do with ‘sustained growth’ and technological utopianism and more to do with building an economy of care, craft and culture. And in doing so, restoring the value of human labour to its rightful place at the heart of the society”

Tim Jackson is an author and is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey

Social-economic-ecological Embedded in ethical values

“One of the things we are desperate for now, in the post-modern world is the first hand experience of creation. We are tired of talking about the world and we’re tired of observing the world through various media and we want to be actually present to it and affected by it in a very innocent way.” (David Whyte, 2008)

It is clear that nature and natural environments relate to human health and well-being. WILD THERAPY.

“The most important characteristic of an organism is that capacity for internal self-renewal called health” Aldo Leopold.



co-sensing co-creating


presencing Quality of Work is Dependent on Quality of


What I can offer ? • Sustainability Leadership & Eco-facilitation • Coordinating & over seeing Eco-system approach to landscape stewardship • Designing, coordinating & developing a wellness approach for the entire project. • Communicating holistic & adaptive approaches internally & externally. • Create Development conditions of the system- Local Community surveys, workshops & dialogue. • Ongoing Dialoguing with the socio-ecological system

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Elemental therapy & healing • The Scottish highlands is elemental and therapy approaches to wellness can draw on this source. Earth- peat- years of layered wood and plant, colours of green, brown, russet. For grounding and rememberance. • Air- endless space and sky. Linked to psyche, spirit, soul. For breath, spirit and awakening. • Water- pure gushing. For emotional abiding, cleansing, releasing. • Fire- the hearth. Burning and hot. For nourishment, truth telling, intimacy and healing.


Ecosystem Approach to conservation  

A presentation about the Scottish Highlands By Megan de Beyer, Ecofacilitator and Holistic scientist.

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