Get involved in a National Park Management Plan

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How you can help in the preparation and implementation of a National Park Management Plan

The National Park Management Plan is for the National Park as an area, not just the National Park Authority (NPA).  So it is important, whether you are from a national organisation, or local parish council, that you have an opportunity to shape its priorities and contents.  The NPAs put a lot of effort into encouraging local people, businesses and organisations to come together to drive the development of the Plans at a local level.  If you want to find out more about a specific National Park it would be best to contact them directly to see how you can get involved.  This section focuses on those organisations that might have an interest in more than one National Park.

The National Park Management Plans are statutory documents (under Section 66(1) of the Environment Act 1995).  The same Act also places a duty on all public bodies to 'have regard' to National Park purposes when undertaking activities that might affect a National Park.  Significantly, this relates to activities that might affect a National Park, and are not simply those activities undertaken within a National Park.  A really good way for public bodies to contribute to this duty is to get involved in the preparation and implementation of National Park Management Plans.  For other organisations, given the Plan is the most important document for the National Park, it makes sense to contribute your thoughts, ideas and help too.  Things you might want to think about include:

  1. Do you maintain an overview of the status of the National Park Management Plans across the country and is your senior management team aware of this?
  2. What level of awareness is there amongst your colleagues posted or responsible for areas covered by the relevant National Parks about the status, priorities and issues being addressed by the Management Plan?
  3. How do you use the National Park Management Plans to shape the activity, influence decisions and allocation of resources within your organisation?
  4. How, and at what stage, do the National Park Management Plans influence your own organisation's corporate planning?
  5. Are you clear about your organisation's role in implementing aspects of the Management Plan and do you have proactive plans in place to achieve this?
  6. Is your organisation involved in any monitoring groups that the NPAs might have set up to keep an eye on progress?
  7. Is there awareness within your organisation of the different people involved in the preparation or implementation of a Plan; their differing needs; and how these can be addressed to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution or approach?
  8. How do you ensure that your organisation's commitment, involvement and activity towards the National Park Management Plan is promoted and sustained?