The role of natural heritage in rural development: An analysis of economic linkages in Scotland

Courtney, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-5683-8502, Hill, Gary and Roberts, Deborah (2006) The role of natural heritage in rural development: An analysis of economic linkages in Scotland. Journal of Rural Studies, 22 (4). pp. 469-484. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2006.02.003

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There is growing recognition of the important role played by natural heritage in rural economic development, but limited empirical work as yet to inform this debate. This paper examines the nature and strength of local economic linkages associated with the natural heritage in four case study areas in Scotland, differentiated in terms of their peripherality and dependence on the natural heritage. A framework for identifying 'natural heritage activities' in different localities is developed and applied in each study area. The framework distinguishes between three types of natural heritage activities, 'core' activities, such as environmental management; 'primary production and extraction' activities; and 'reliant' activities where the natural heritage is highly important to a business's commercial viability. Analysis of first-round economic linkages and multiplier effects of local economic activity in the four case study areas indicates that natural heritage 'reliant' activities have the greatest potential for generating local economic benefits through their propensity to source locally. They are also found to contribute more significantly to the economic base of the study areas through sales of goods and services to visitors. The policy implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Author Keywords:natural heritage; local economic integration; multiplier analysis; rural development policy KeyWords Plus:ENVIRONMENTAL SECTOR; SPATIAL-DISTRIBUTION; REGIONAL INCOME; INDUSTRY; IMPACT; FOOD; QUALITY; SCOTLAND; EXAMPLE; AREAS
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 08:25
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:27

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