development is a long term goal. In 1999, the Advisory Group on
Sustainable Development set out a 10 point plan for the Scottish
Parliament aiming to set out a vision for a Sustainable Scotland
by 2030. It defines sustainable development as follows:
development is about the wise use of all resources within a framework
in which environmental, economic and social factors are integrated."
points contained within this document relevant to the golfing sector
innovation in sustainable development.
The Scottish Government, in conjunction with the voluntary and
private sectors, should encourage new ideas and experiments in
sustainable development that could lead to mainstream implementation.
- Be part
of the international dimension of sustainable development
Scotland should contribute to thinking and activities that go
well beyond its own boundaries. Decisions made in Scotland on
natural resource use have an impact on the life and environment
of other communities in all parts of the world.
- Put sustainable
development at the heart of education, and education at the heart
of sustainable development
The Scottish Executive should ensure that education in all its
manifestations – formal and informal, and for all sectors
and ages – is incorporated in all policies. Equally, sustainable
development should be embedded into the education system.
as part and parcel of Scotland’s history and tradition, as
part of our culture, as a social pastime, as a recreation, as an
economy, as a sector of business and as a land use, interacts with
all themes of sustainability.
In a report
by the Sustainable Development Commission in May 2002 relating to
the pioneering of sustainable development by individual sectors
it was stated that:
development strategies provide a framework to help business sectors
identify and manage economic, environmental and social risks in
an integrated way, and to unlock opportunities to improve competitiveness
and enhance reputation. There are some key points to remember about
are business-owned and therefore an important step in enhancing
the profile and effectiveness of voluntary business action.
no blueprint – approaches reflect the individual circumstances
and priorities of each sector.
build on existing activities and don’t start from a blank
sheet of paper.
a long term process of continuous improvement – all about
learning by doing."
The above government
statements highlight a determination that sustainable development
must be delivered in the future. It supports the notion of individual
sectors establishing their own sustainable development strategies,
which when linked to those of other sectors, ensures that the development
and management of Scotland’s resources is not detrimental
to the quality of life of future generations.
of sustainability in golf meets the targets for this sectoral acceptance
of responsibility. It also meets with the concept of innovation
in sustainable development which encourages private and voluntary
sectors to work on their own ideas. A project developed in golf
could rub off on other associated sectors of business, sport and
The potential for the golfing sector to be a leader in sustainable
development and management is great. Golf has the potential to act
as the interface between governmental and non governmental agencies
and environmental organisations, and other sectors such as sport,
secondary education, greenkeeping and horticulture, the chemical
industry, tourism, business (through the diverse business interests
of golf club members), and a wide range of consultancies including
forestry, drainage, construction, agronomy.
a high profile vehicle to promote the concepts of sustainability.
Importantly it can adopt these principles without compromising the
fundamental needs of the game itself. Indeed the principles of sustainable
development and management can be adopted by the many sub-sectors
of the golf industry to their benefit.