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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Evaluation of the OpenNESS approach by local people

Last weekend 16 and 17 May, the Cairngorms Nature Festival took place in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. The weekend is organized each year to inspire and engage people to take an interest in the Park. OpenNESS had a stand at the festival to report back the results of the work they have conducted (i) in Glenlivet Estate researching integrated valuation of the local landscape and (ii) wider a field in the Cairngorm National Park a study which focused on recreational mapping using the ESTIMAP model.

At the stand, local people could discover the scientific tools employed, and their utility was assessed via an interactive quiz which was composed of a simple question to encourage people to read the poster/booklets and a supplementary question designed to gain an understanding of the person’s opinion of the accuracy, relevancy and general usefulness of the approaches tested.

One of the last wild places left in the UK, the Cairngorms National Park is a place of abundance. It has more high level mountain ground than anywhere else in Britain or Ireland, it has the largest Caledonian forest, some of the UK’s purest rivers and despite only covering two percent of the UK's landmass it hosts 25 per cent of its threatened species. For more information on how to get involved with Cairngorms Nature or for details on the Festival please visit www.cairngorms.co.uk.

Photo: Social survey quiz