LEADER is an acronym for ‘Liaison Entre Actions de Developpement de L'Economie Rurale’ or ‘Links between actions for the development of the rural economy’
LEADER is an integral element of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).
The aim of LEADER is to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in rural communities through locally driven rural development initiatives and projects.
Funding is awarded by Local Action Groups (LAGs) who take decisions on projects which are aimed at stimulating the rural economy and building capacity in communities and business networks.
The current LEADER programme runs up to, and including, the year 2013.
Scottish Land & Estates believes that private property rights come with social and environmental responsibilities. To this end it is important for the land-based sector to be represented on LAGs and has the opportunity to comment on applications which have an impact on rural communities.
Current areas of work:
Scottish Land & Estates is currently represented on many of the 20 LAGs which combined cover 95% of rural Scotland. These include: