Biodiversity - means biological diversity or the variety of life. Defined by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992 as "The variability among living organisms from all sources including, (biological diversity) inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems."
Core paths - term used in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 which refers to a network of paths to provide for all forms of recreational access. The network will be well marked, clearly defined and will link into a wider network of other paths.
Disability Discrimination Duties - The Disability Discrimination Act ( DDA) 2005 amends the DDA 1995 to place a duty on all public authorities to promote disability equality. This means that public authorities, including local authorities, must, in carrying out their functions, have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and harassment that is unlawful under the DDA. They must also promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and non-disabled people, and take steps to take account of disabled people's needs, even where that involves treating disabled people more favourably than non-disabled. It requires that active steps must be taken to remove the barriers that disabled people experience in their everyday lives.
Equalities Opportunities - Equalities duties are set out in Section L2 of Part II of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998. "Equal opportunities" means 'the prevention, elimination or regulation of discrimination between persons on grounds of sex or marital status, on racial grounds, or on grounds of disability, age, sexual orientation, language or social origin, or of other personal attributes, including beliefs or opinions, such as religious beliefs or political opinions'.
Open space - includes 'green space' consisting of any vegetated land or structure, water or geological feature in an urban area, including trees, woodlands and paths and 'civic space' consisting of squares, market places and other paved or hard landscaped areas with a civic function.
Physical activity - The Scottish Executive's strategy for physical activity, Let's Make Scotland More Active uses the term 'physical activity' to incorporate recreational activity; sport; exercise; play; dance; and active living such as walking, housework and gardening.