Land rights charter eyed

A charter for land use could support a "big society" approach and enable more integrated management of natural resources, researchers have claimed.

Responding to the government consultation on England's natural environment, the UK research councils' Rural Economy and Land Use Programme has advocated a charter to establish aspirations and set out the rights, responsibilities and expectations of land managers.

"Research shows how effective co-operative action among landowners and stakeholders can be in getting best value from these vital assets, by promoting an integrated approach," maintained programme director Philip Lowe. "A written charter would clarify the framework we need to support this."


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