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Implementing the Plan

The achievement of the objectives (“what are we trying to achieve”) and actions identified in this Plan will require our collective commitment and efforts as well as a wide range of other organisations and individuals.

We will work in the following ways to deliver this Plan:

  • Use the best evidence and support new research. Using the most up to date evidence and data, for example the latest technology to monitor landscape change, sharing data and evidence among the partners.
  • Make best practice, common practice: Share best practice between partners, whether land managers, communities, local authorities and agencies, businesses or Non-Government Organisations.
  • Build skills for the future: For example by equipping the farmers and foresters of today to make the best plans and decisions for tomorrow, and investing in the future by bringing new entrants into the profession.
  • Network to form partnerships: Create Joint Accords and work collaboratively with expertise from across sectors.
  • Empower communities: Help individuals, parishes and communities to take action locally on the issues which matter to them – local action and delivery.
  • Develop ways to evaluate the benefit of all projects in terms of natural capital, social and community value.
  • Reach out to new audiences. Use communication channels across many organisations to ensure full and active participation for all in this National Park.
  • Ensure support for creative engagement with the landscape and its heritage.
  • Build on existing successful pilot initiatives and scale them up. 
  • Engage new volunteers from underserved groups and provide a cohesive volunteering offer that supports innovation and training.
  • Support individuals to make small changes and incremental difference through behaviour change campaigns and promoting micro-volunteering ideas.

Partnership Governance

As part of the preparation for the current Plan we reviewed the Partnership’s governance to ensure it is fit for the future to help deliver this Plan. To support the delivery of the Plan we established a structure to focus on the Outcomes to address the five key outcomes identified.

Resourcing the Plan

As a collective Partnership, we have considerable resource (staff and financial) already in place to ensure effective implementation and resourcing of our Plan. Whilst there is no doubt the level of ambition in this Plan will require further financial resources to ensure successful delivery of all aspects of the Plan, this is factored into the actions. We will actively identify and seek to secure funding to deliver the Plan from external sources, to complement our core resources. This enables projects and programmes to be delivered more quickly and/or with even greater impact than would otherwise have been achievable. We expect a number of the actions identified in this Plan will identified in relevant Partner’s Business/Corporate Plans thereby supporting delivery through the allocation of resources.

Reviewing actions and delivery

In addition to the transformational actions identified in the Outcomes sections there are a number of additional actions that we have already identified that we would like to delivery over the next five years. The list of additional actions are identified in Annex 6 – presented by how they will deliver the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This is not an exhaustive list, and new actions will be added in time.

We also recognise that local action is also already happening, and is critical to achieving progress to address these key outcomes and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals too. We will continue to support local delivery and action over the life of the Plan.

We will continue to develop the actions and seek the resources to deliver this Plan over the coming years. Our actions will be subject to regular review to ensure they remain relevant and deliverable. New actions may be identified and added as opportunities or challenges emerge.

Delivering actions and projects – need for further assessment

Some projects may require further assessment before delivery can take place. There are statutory requirements that need to be complied with, including the need in some cases for planning permission to be secured. Heritage Impact Assessments may also be required for specific proposals to understand the likely impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the Lake District.

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 also states that any development, project or plan that is likely to have significant effect upon an Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area or Ramsar site, then (Subject to Regulation 63 and Regulation 64) the Lake District National Park Authority (or other competent authority) may not issue planning permission, adopt a plan or implement a project until it has carried out an Appropriate Assessment. The Appropriate Assessment will assess the implications of the development or plan against the European Site’s conservation objectives and ascertain whether the development or plan will have an Adverse Effect upon the Integrity of the Site.