Policy paper

Upland outcomes national framework

A framework to help local partnerships get the most from uplands areas.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This framework sets out how new and existing partnerships should work together to prioritise the outcomes from upland areas. This includes environmental, social and economic benefits.

The framework identifies the key resources such as:

  • wildlife
  • drinking water supply
  • carbon storage and
  • flood protection

This framework adopts the ecosystem approach, which puts people at the heart of the environment. It recognises the value of local skills and knowledge in determining the priorities at the local scale.

The framework is intended to be used by all parties involved in delivering outcomes in the uplands. This will include:

  • government and their agencies
  • national and local stakeholders
  • existing or new landscape scale or area based delivery partnerships or projects, including National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) etc.
  • groups of, or individual land managers and Natural England delivery staff when for example developing new agri-environment agreements or considering SSSI notices

Further information

Published 21 January 2014