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Engaging stakeholders in Sustainable         Estate ManagementExploring the potential of engagement and partnerships betwe...
The next 25 minutes…1. Why me?2. What are the key sustainabilitypressures for communities and estates?3. Why might more en...
1. Why me? Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century Private landownership               Partnerships and collaboration Lan...
 Large postal survey of private landowners (2008) Over 200 hours of recorded interviews and discussions Household surve...
► Access to assets and services► Employment and business challenges► Community spirit and social capital            2. Sus...
► Financial viability/sustainability► Asset limitations► Social/physical distance between the  estate and the other stakeh...
An illustration… Employment and business challenges       Community                                Estate                 ...
Key Issues - Making the links  A SOLUTION = Engagement and joint working?                                               8
3. Why might more engagement help? “We have strong,                 “People should have resilient and                    o...
Mutual benefits of engagement 1. New business and asset opportunities 2. Access to wider knowledge, skills and    resource...
Developing new business andasset opportunities                “…he [estate owner] has actually                stuck his ne...
Accessing wider knowledge, skillsand resources “The process of doing things gives you the confidence and ability, and the ...
Releasing volunteer energy “When we have our open days…the community really get involved…a lot of it is letting people kno...
(Re)connecting people to the land “If you go back 100 years, everybody was farming these bits of ground, because their liv...
Making robust and accepteddecisions                   “…the community needs to                   feel that it is truly a  ...
Reducing a perceived disconnect           “There is a lot of crossover between the           Development Group and the Est...
4. Does it always work?  4 important challenges:  1. Resource limitations  2. Communication difficulties  3. Contrasting p...
Challenges of engagement and joint workingCHALLENGE: Resource limitations►Staff time and skills►Community time and skills►...
CHALLENGE: Communication difficulties►Non-communicative approach►Dealing with preconceptions►Personality clashes►Narrow en...
CHALLENGE: Contrasting perspectives ►Range of personal values ►Community divisions or differing priorities ►‘Them and us’ ...
CHALLENGE: Developing accountabledecision-making processes ►Power imbalances ►Responsibility for process and outcomes ►Cha...
5. How can we move forwards?                               22
A proactive approach from all partners   PROACTIVE            ACTIVE          UNDERACTIVE Taking a           Willingness t...
Visible andapproachableestaterepresentatives                  24
Suitable methods and timings                               e.g. community shareholders                               in es...
Benefits of a                                     facilitator?“…to help develop the capacity within the communityto develo...
When benefits wererecognised andproductive engagementand partnerships weredeveloped, the researchfound evidence ofstronger...
Working Together for Sustainable EstateCommunities►Taking forward our findings►Focus on evidence of engagement and partner...
AcknowledgementsFunder: The Henry Angest FoundationProject team: Dr Jayne Glass, Dr Rob Mc Morran, Annie McKee and Pippa W...
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Engaging stakeholders in sustainable upland estate management

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Presentation about research carried out as part of the Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century project at Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College UHI. For more information, and to download a related booklet, visit http://www.perth.uhi.ac.uk/sustainable-estates

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Engaging stakeholders in sustainable upland estate management

  1. 1. Engaging stakeholders in Sustainable Estate ManagementExploring the potential of engagement and partnerships between estates, communities and other stakeholders 1
  2. 2. The next 25 minutes…1. Why me?2. What are the key sustainabilitypressures for communities and estates?3. Why might more engagement and jointworking help?4. Does it always work?5. How can we move forwards? 2
  3. 3. 1. Why me? Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century Private landownership Partnerships and collaboration Landowner motivations NGO landownership Case studies Sustainable estate communities Land reform Community landownershipSustainability assessment criteria 3
  4. 4.  Large postal survey of private landowners (2008) Over 200 hours of recorded interviews and discussions Household surveys of communities on case study estates Research observations while studying, living and working on case study estates Review and analysis of literature and case study estate documentation The evidence base 4
  5. 5. ► Access to assets and services► Employment and business challenges► Community spirit and social capital 2. Sustainability pressures for communities 5
  6. 6. ► Financial viability/sustainability► Asset limitations► Social/physical distance between the estate and the other stakeholders Sustainability pressures for estates
  7. 7. An illustration… Employment and business challenges Community Estate Economic security/viability Impact of market variance and loss of large employers Land or premises availability Lack of career development opportunities Lack of diversification opportunities 7
  8. 8. Key Issues - Making the links A SOLUTION = Engagement and joint working? 8
  9. 9. 3. Why might more engagement help? “We have strong, “People should have resilient and opportunities to supportive contribute to debates communities where and decisions about people take land use and responsibility for their management own actions and how decisions which affect they affect others.” their lives.” - Scotland’s National - Scotland’s Land Use Strategy Performance Framework 9
  10. 10. Mutual benefits of engagement 1. New business and asset opportunities 2. Access to wider knowledge, skills and resources 3. Releasing volunteer energy 4. (Re)connecting people to the land 5. Robust and accepted decisions 6. Reducing a perceived disconnect between estates, communities and wider stakeholders 10
  11. 11. Developing new business andasset opportunities “…he [estate owner] has actually stuck his neck out…he has allowed people to come in and do things…he’s given people opportunities…” Community member 11
  12. 12. Accessing wider knowledge, skillsand resources “The process of doing things gives you the confidence and ability, and the aspiration, to do more.” Community member 12
  13. 13. Releasing volunteer energy “When we have our open days…the community really get involved…a lot of it is letting people know what we do and what we can do…” Estate representative 13
  14. 14. (Re)connecting people to the land “If you go back 100 years, everybody was farming these bits of ground, because their livelihood depended on it. Now their livelihood doesn’t depend on it, thankfully you might say… Estate representative 14
  15. 15. Making robust and accepteddecisions “…the community needs to feel that it is truly a consultation.” Estate representative 15
  16. 16. Reducing a perceived disconnect “There is a lot of crossover between the Development Group and the Estate… [estate manager] can answer you then and there…It is communications and involvement – directly.” Community member 16
  17. 17. 4. Does it always work? 4 important challenges: 1. Resource limitations 2. Communication difficulties 3. Contrasting perspectives 4. Developing accountable decision- making processes 17
  18. 18. Challenges of engagement and joint workingCHALLENGE: Resource limitations►Staff time and skills►Community time and skills►Financial cost►Burden on volunteers►Consultation fatigue“…it is very difficult indeed to get peopleto meetings. They would go…if youproposed to put in a Heathrow…throughthe fields… something really big.” Estate community member 18
  19. 19. CHALLENGE: Communication difficulties►Non-communicative approach►Dealing with preconceptions►Personality clashes►Narrow engagement“Never been made to feel part of anyestate. Theres no cohesion…We onlyknow were on an estate because ofoccasional interference.” Estate community member 19
  20. 20. CHALLENGE: Contrasting perspectives ►Range of personal values ►Community divisions or differing priorities ►‘Them and us’ mentality“…they’ve every right to put intheir two-pennies worth…a lotof them have bought expensiveproperties…but they come outwith some affa claims…” Estate community member 20
  21. 21. CHALLENGE: Developing accountabledecision-making processes ►Power imbalances ►Responsibility for process and outcomes ►Changes in ownership or representation“To hear what locals have to say, andnot be "directed by" facelesswonders from government [wouldpromote estate sustainability]...” Sustainability professional 21
  22. 22. 5. How can we move forwards? 22
  23. 23. A proactive approach from all partners PROACTIVE ACTIVE UNDERACTIVE Taking a Willingness to Unwilling to leadership role collaborate collaborate at or beyond with other (closed-door the estate scale organisations, policy). (showing partners etc. initiative) (open-door policy) MORE SUSTAINABLE LESS SUSTAINABLE 23
  24. 24. Visible andapproachableestaterepresentatives 24
  25. 25. Suitable methods and timings e.g. community shareholders in estate business e.g. tenancies and contracts e.g. liaison group or forum e.g. consultation on estate management planning e.g. community surgeries, involvement with local groups 25
  26. 26. Benefits of a facilitator?“…to help develop the capacity within the communityto develop their own ideas…to get involved at variouslevels, in how things are taken forward” Government representative 26
  27. 27. When benefits wererecognised andproductive engagementand partnerships weredeveloped, the researchfound evidence ofstronger localgovernance and aspectrum of examplesof mutual gains. 27
  28. 28. Working Together for Sustainable EstateCommunities►Taking forward our findings►Focus on evidence of engagement and partnerships►Practical booklet based on practical examples 28
  29. 29. AcknowledgementsFunder: The Henry Angest FoundationProject team: Dr Jayne Glass, Dr Rob Mc Morran, Annie McKee and Pippa WagstaffThe Sustainable Estates Advisory Group:Knowledge Exchange support from:Project supervisors:Professor Martin Price (Centre for Mountain Studies)Dr Charles Warren (University of St Andrews)Professor Alister Scott (Birmingham City University) 29

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