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Scottish Government National Islands Plan Consultation
May 24 @ 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm
The Scottish Government is currently developing a National Island Plan that will shape future policies aimed to improve life for island communities and boost their economies. To do that they need to gather as much information as possible about each unique island and get a clear understanding what the current challenges are from the people who live there. Importantly they need to hear local people’s ideas for what changes could help establish a sustainable island at the optimum target.
The Scottish Islands Federation (SIF) is working closely with The University of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and the Scottish Government’s Island Team as part of the 12 week consultation period to help prepare the National Islands Plan and Island Communities Impact Assessments (ICIAs). From North Ronaldsay to Cumbrae, from Barra to Ulva, from the largest to smallest islands, the consultation will cover 47 of our 90 islands, home to 95% of Scotland’s island population.
The consultation events differ in format from many previous consultations. Using a world cafe style format, where after an introduction, participants will form small groups of 4 or 5 to discuss, agree and rank their responses to a number of questions about life on their island, the top issues from each table are shared with the whole room, discussed and during the process the major issues, possible solutions and requests come to the fore.
The process takes about 2 hours. Participants receive a detailed report on the event shortly after and these reports will then help form the objectives and strategy of the Islands Plan, covering all of Scotland’s 90 inhabited offshore islands. The reports provide a unique insight into the challenges facing those islands today and provide a base line for the communities to review outcomes and improvements over the next 5 years. The consultation is also available online and we would urge anyone who is unable to attend an event to complete this. The next events in w/c 13 May are on Canna, Rum, Muck, Eigg and Sabhal Mor Ostaig and in w/c 20 May, Gigha, Arran, Cumbrae and Bute.
Event organiser: Ellen Potter