Nature First

Prioritise biodiversity and ecology and let tourism and money making come second.

Why the contribution is important

Because we depend on a healthy ecosystem and anything which damages this is short-sighted.

by CitizenC on May 17, 2022 at 09:46AM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.3
Based on: 14 votes


  • Posted by JeremyHW May 20, 2022 at 08:10

    National parks are by their nature (no pun intended) a compromise. "Pure natural environments" need to be conserved too, but the scale of areas that we are considering as national parks need to involve both no-go areas as conservatories and areas of low impact by visitors, most notably by walkers. High visitation by otherwise low impact walkers can have severe accumulation of impact such as path erosion and species disturbance. An in all of this is some degree of vehicle access from coaches, rail lines and even heavy service vehicle passing through. So every national park strategy needs to manage this balance and not just demarcate it in absolute terms.
  • Posted by SueDalton May 21, 2022 at 11:54

    I totally agree with this comment. We must put nature first if the planet is to survive. We are starring environmental catastrophe in the face but expecting to carry on putting the immediate desires of the present population first. If we do this future generations will live in crowded conditions on a planet that is largely uninhabitable due to soaring temperatures, crop failures, lack of water supply etc. It is that serious. We must start acting in accordance with a state of emergency for the natural systems that support life on earth.
  • Posted by EleanorSW May 24, 2022 at 12:58

    i totally agree that solving an ecological crisis should be the primary objective, because ultimately if we don't do this we will all suffer (and eventually this will very much affect both tourism and money-making abilities anyway). Having areas that are no-gos and are not to be touched by forestry etc. and potentially even hillwalkers is important, but as are controlled national parks where people can roam, as this is important for so many people, and gets people more engaged in nature and interested in the environment. This should be a balance though, and limiting damage should still be the priority. This should include encouraging people to be able to use public transport to access the Highlands - the rise of the North Coast 500 route and doing this entirely by car is a big problem for pollution and disruption to the natural environment
  • Posted by ihl June 04, 2022 at 00:07

    If we want to prioritise biodiversity and ecology in an area, then don't make the area a National Park. The two do not go hand in hand.
  • Posted by scottishwildlandgroup June 04, 2022 at 15:10

    We believe that the natural environment should take priority but local communities should be supported.
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