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Recent and current projects

Establishment of a social enterprise funded by the Coastal Communities Fund

Preparing a business plan including market research, writing a funding application to the fund, and now acting as a director of the new social enterprise which is based on cycle tourism on the Black Isle.

8 Scottish case studies of natural heritage projects and rural development - Scottish Natural Heritage

These illustrate a variety of contemporary issues involving rural development and the natural heritage. They focus on how a government agency such as Scottish Natural Heritage can fulfil its statutory duties (protection and enhancement of biodiversity and landscape, and public enjoyment and understanding of the natural heritage) while also contributing to social and economic development. 

Project Management - Transition Black Isle

Management of a 12 month Climate Challenge Fund award to Transition Black Isle.  The project includes energy saving, local food production and consumption, and awareness raising. 

The Role of the Public Sector in Delivering the Benefits of Scotland's Rural Land

Contribution to main report and case studies under Pareto Consulting contract with the Scottish Government, as part of the SG Land Use Research Project 2009.  Final conference 9 November 2009.  Final Report available.

Mountain Development based on cultural and environmental assets

Case studies and proposals to guide Carpathian and Balkan pilot projects.  For Euromontana and FAO SARD-M.  Final report May 2009.  Subsequent presentations at UNEP meeting in Vienna, May 2009, and at Euromontana Conference, Bilbao, October 2009

Fen Management Handbook

Research and preparation of the Visitor Management chapter of the handbook, for the UK Conservation and Environment Agencies.  March 2009.  Handbook at final edit stage November 2009.

Moray Firth Marine Traffic Survey

 A baseline survey of vessel movements at the main Moray Firth ports, plus report on numbers and types of small vessels based on smaller Moray Firth harbours.  For Moray Firth Partnership.  Final Report June 2009

Social, economic and environmental benefits of World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves, and Geoparks.

Desk review, case studies, and recommendations for selecting sites and monitoring impacts.  With Hambrey Consulting. Final report available here.

Comparison of Highland Woodland and Forestry Strategy and Scottish Forestry Strategy. 

Compares the regional and national forestry strategies, recommends additional action and suggests funding sources.  For Highland Forestry Forum.

Discussion paper on positive externalities of mountain regions.

Reviews current knowledge on the role of positive economic externalities in the sustainable development of mountain areas.  Identifies key success factors for beneficial policies and programmes.  For Euromontana and FAO SARD-M project.  Report discussed at SARD-M Adelboden Group meeting in October 2007

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