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PE01383: Better protection for wild land

Rural Affairs

Petitioner: Helen McDade on behalf of John Muir Trust


Date Lodged: 06 January 2011

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to improve the protection for the best areas of wild land by introducing a new national environmental designation.

Petition History:


25 January 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Scottish National Heritage, Scottish Wildlife Trust, National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Landowners Federation, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, VisitScotland and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. Link to Official Report 25 January 2011

22 February 2011: The Committee agreed to invite, in its legacy paper, the Session 4 Public Petitions Committee to give further consideration to the petition. Link to Official Report 22 February 2011

4 October 2011: The Committee agreed to write to Scottish Natural Heritage seeking a response to specific points. Link to Official Report 4 October 2011 (472KB pdf)

13 December 2011: The Committee agreed to defer further consideration until Scottish Natural Heritage has completed its work on the mapping of wild land. Link to Official Report 13 December 2011 (470KB pdf)

19 February 2013: The Committee agreed to invite Scottish Natural Heritage to give oral evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 19 February 2013 (374KB pdf)

16 April 2013: The Committee took evidence from Andrew Thin, Chairman, and Ian Jardine, Chief Executive, Scottish Natural Heritage. The Committee agreed to invite the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to give evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 16 April 2013 (472KB pdf)

28 May 2013: The Committee took evidence from Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Scottish Government. The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the grounds that the Scottish Government is not persuaded that there is a case for a new statutory designation for wild land. Link to Official Report 28 May 2013 (471KB pdf)    

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