- Submitted by: Ariane Burgess, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party.
- Date lodged: Friday, 09 December 2022
- Motion reference: S6M-07179
That the Parliament notes that 23 January 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003; believes that Scotland’s unique framework of access rights and responsibilities plays a vital role in delivering benefits to health and wellbeing, and also supports everyone in enjoying the outdoors and the natural world; notes that this has been particularly apparent during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; understands that people living in more affluent areas are more likely to walk for recreation; considers that increased efforts are needed to remove barriers to participation for both those living in more deprived areas, and other groups who face greater barriers to enjoying the outdoors; believes that these benefits can only be sustained by continued investment in supporting access rights, particularly through funding for access management, ranger services and local access forums; celebrates that the Scottish Government’s recent natural capital accounts placed a value of £62 billion on outdoor recreation, 30% of the value of all of Scotland’s natural assets, and showed it, in economic terms, to be equivalent to more than the value of oil and gas; congratulates outdoor organisations, land managers, volunteers and public bodies for working together to support a range of outdoor recreation opportunities and managing issues on the ground, and believes that this shows what can be achieved when everyone works together for the common good.
Karen Adam, Alasdair Allan, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Rhoda Grant, Bill Kidd, Gillian Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Jenni Minto, Audrey Nicoll, Emma Roddick, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba