By Charles Warren
Scotland's usual setting is its such a lot precious asset and the topic of its such a lot vociferous debates. Charles Warren tackles land reform, the way forward for farming, public entry, conservation of moorland and birds of prey, where of forestry, and the keep an eye on of alien species and purple deer, taking over the mixing of conservation with social and monetary targets.
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It capitalises on the fact that in most situations a small number of variables account for a large percentage of the variation. Understanding these critical variables usually permits effective management while avoiding the diminishing returns of attempting to achieve ‘full’ understanding. In many ways the integrated approach is an eminently sensible compromise but it obviously begs the question of what the critical variables are (and who decides what they are). Taking a short cut to the key linkages may not be possible because, until a reasonably broad and comprehensive understanding is achieved, it will not be apparent just what the critical components are (Mitchell, 2005).
The economy versus the environment. While economic considerations are no longer the sole force driving the European Union, they nevertheless remain its primary raison d’être. Despite the growing strength of environmental legislation, and the general assent to the integration principle, most commentators believe that there is always likely to be conflict between economic and environmental objectives (Connelly and Smith, 2002). Halting, let alone reversing, the decline of the continent’s landscape and biological diversity remains a daunting challenge.
The eye of the beholder is inevitably a product of its time and culture, influenced by particular beliefs and values. Objective and subjective are thus inevitably interwoven, and susceptible to changes of fashion. • Is the world ours to manage? indd 16 17/6/09 13:08:34 the shaping of scotland’s environment 17 There are, of course, no easy or clear-cut answers to such questions. They are explored later in the book but are raised here because they underlie so much of what follows. If we accept that we have a responsibility to manage our environment, what exactly is the nature of that challenge?
Managing Scotland's Environment, Second Edition by Charles Warren