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Management Plan News Letter - September 2002

International Elite?

Joint Bid Takes Shape

The Scottish Executive's bid to gain World Heritage Site status for St Kilda's marine environment and cultural landscape is taking shape. Conservation specialists from The National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee are working together on the combined nomination document. This will be submitted on 1 February 2003. Of the 730 World Heritage Sites currently designated, only 23 (just over 3%) have double (cultural and natural) status - and no other sites in Britain hold this honour. If the St Kilda nomination is successful, it will join a select international elite.



Breathtaking St Kilda seabed

Consultation Draft Management Plan

Please Send Us Your Comments

Many thanks to everyone who sent in comments on the drafts of the first parts of the Plan, sent out with the last newsletter. Your comments have helped us to improve and revise the document. Over the last few months, the organisations involved in preparing the Plan have been developing objectives and prescriptions, which give more detailed information about planned activities on St Kilda over the next five years.

We would now welcome your comments on this and a full Consultation Draft of the Management Plan is now available on-line. The draft also includes a description of the site and information about its management framework.

For the next two months we will be seeking comments on this Consultation Draft, before making further revisions at the end of the year so that the final draft can be printed in time to be submitted with the nomination in February 2003.


How To Reply

Please let us know what you think of the Plan. We would be interested to hear if there are points which you particularly agree with, or aspects which you do not support - and why. Is there anything you think we have missed out?

The on-line Consultation Response Form provides a quick way to respond, but letters and e-mails are also welcome. Comments should reach us by Monday 11 November. The address for comments is given on the form. Unfortunately, we won't be able to acknowledge each individual comment, but we will post updates on the website. Thank You!



 

 

Ministerial Visit

Last month, Allan Wilson, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, visited St Kilda. Noticeably impressed by the splendour of Village Bay, Mr. Wilson has given his full support to the bid. He was accompanied on this visit by Mechtild Rossler, responsible for cultural landscapes at the World Heritage Centre in Paris. She too, although remaining independent, felt that the nomination had a good chance of success.


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