Long & Short Term Future
The National Park Partnership Plan 2012-17 looks at the shared vision of how the Park should be managed both for the long-term (25 years) and short-term future (5 years).
When managing the resources and special qualities of the Park i.e the landscape, animals, plants and local communities, the Park needs to take a long-term view.
The three main areas that form the long-term vision in the Park Plan are:
A sustainable economy supporting thriving businesses and communities - which will include economic growth, fast and reliable IT and telecommunications, transport, more employment opportunities, low carbon adaptations, thriving and sustainable communities, housing supply.
A special place for people and nature with natural and cultural heritage enhanced - which will include conserving and enhancing the Park's landscape, wildness, biodiversity, geodiversity, ecosystems, an active and productive land management sector, and safeguarding the built heritage, archeology and culture and traditions of the Park.
People enjoying the Park through outstanding visitor and learning experiences - which will include creating a world class sustainable tourism destination, outdoor recreation activities, responsible behaviour, and providing high quality interpretation, learning and research opportunities.
It is also important to know where to start to achieve the vision and where to best direct efforts and resources in the immediate future. To do this the Park Plan outlines ten priority areas to put particular effort into between 2012 and 2017. These five year outcomes include:
- The economy of the Park will have grown and diversified, drawing on the Park’s special qualities
- Businesses and communities will be successfully adapting to a low carbon economy
- Communities will be more empowered and able to develop their own models of sustainability
- The quality and connectivity of habitats is enhanced
- The species for which the Park is most important are in better conservation status
- The special landscape qualities including wildness are conserved and enhanced
- Settlements and build development will retain and enhance the distinct sense of place and identity in the Park
- More people will enjoy, learn about and help to conserve and enhance the Park
- The expectations of visitors are met or exceeded
- The Park’s recreation opportunities have improved the health and enjoyment of residents and visitors