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CS09The Cairngorms National Park is Britain's largest national park (4,528 km2 ) and is located in the north of Scotland; 36% of the land is at an altitude of over 800 meters and the 2% is over 1,000 meters. It is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife and plants; 49% is designated as a Natura site and 25% as Sites of Scientific Importance. The land is owned in a heterogeneous mix of public and private ownership; 18,000 people call the Park their home and 1.4 million people visit the Park every year. Glenlivet Estate is the north-east of the Park was utilized as a test area for multi-functional land use studies in a management  context  


To explore trade-offs. What are current priority ecosystem services? How will they change under different land use scenarios?


Nature conservation, tourism,foresters, farmers, sociologist, ecologist, hydrologist, business developer


1-day workshop in which ecosystem services (ESS)were identified, prioritized and rules defined for quantifying the value of these ESS. three scenarios were developed and the implications for the ESS assessed


10x 10m resolution: landcover, topographical wetness,accessibility, elevation,distance from rivers, administrative units and topography


Safe environment for stakeholders to put forward and try out extreme scenarios and evaluate based on impact visualization.  Report of workshop used as evidence of collaborative working as part of a  successful development grant for the area.


Jan Dick, Peter Verweij, Esther Carmen, Romina Rodela & Christopher Andrews (2017) Testing the ecosystem service cascade framework and QUICKScan software tool in the context of land use planning in Glenlivet Estate Scotland, International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 13:2, 12-25, DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2016.1268648