That is the veiw of rural property consultants representing landowners trying to develop renewable energy projects such as wind farms.
Alison Campbell of Bidwells was responding to Audit Scotland's recent report which raised questions about the feasibility of the Scottish Government's targets for green energy and its jobs predictions.
It found ministers' policy was undermined by the current economic climate, changes in UK energy policy, private-sector reluctance to invest and EU regulations.
Ms Campbell, who handles land deals for wind farm and hydro-electricity schemes, was more optimistic.
She said with a stronger economy and more clarity over electricity market reform, a mini-investment boom is possible.
But, she said, there were two barriers to this: access to grid connection and the planning process itself.
"There is a need for clarity around the planning status for wild land ... The lack of clarity is a disincentive to investors, and the Scottish Government needs to press on with its consultation on the matter and ensure the lines are clearly drawn."
Wild land charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) unsuccessfully petitioned the Scottish Parliament earlier this year for a specific wild land designation to be created.
Helen McDade, the JMT's head of policy, said : "The problem is not the planning process, but developers submitting planning applications when SNH has made it clear they are unacceptable."
A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We are committed to protecting wild land in Scotland."