Scottish National Parks are managed by a National Park Authority (NPA). Core funding is provided by a Scottish Government grant and is supplemented by funds raised from other sources for NP activities.The proposed model for the NPA is of a compact management with a very active coordinating role. It would be overseen in accordance with the 2000 act by a
Board with mainly local membership. There are many bodies, public and private with ongoing activities and/or responsibilities in the proposed area. It is envisaged that the NPA would aim to facilitate, encourage and, where appropriate, partner with other organisations to deliver on its aims. It is not envisaged that it would usurp the responsibilities and activities of others, nor create added layers of bureaucracy. Following the example of other UK NPs it would raise project funding from a wide range of sources to complement its core Scottish Government funding. (The Campaign has been managing a demonstration project, “The Twelve Towers of Rule” which exemplifies the way an NPA in the proposed area could coordinate many public and private organisations and raise the funding or co-funding to deliver successful, community-driven projects
New jobs would be created by or because of the Park designation. As well as jobs in tourism (and the consequent construction and professional employment), and year-round and seasonal rangers, the NPA’s activities, partnerships and collaborations with e.g Borders College and Heriot-Watt University, would create – and attract funding for – more highly skilled, well-paid jobs.
These would be in diverse areas, ranging from large-scale habitat survey and restoration, technology (eg use of AI to provide real time info for visitors), environmental and other scientific research and evaluation of other opportunities for large-scale carbon sequestration across the region, etc.
Not all jobs would be full-time and volunteers would play an important role – the demographics of the Borders are such that there is a lot of untapped potential out there amongst older people, many of whom are still active and would appreciate the mental and physical benefits of volunteering along with like-minded individuals for different NP projects. Other
volunteers could gain valuable work experience in the NP, acquiring the transferable skills so sought after by potential employers.