Launch of SEDA Land Conversations report

SEDA’s Report ‘A New Vision for Land Use in Scotland: 6 Conversations’ was released on Monday. It summarises the key themes that emerged in the highly successful events of the same name, held by SEDA in March and April, where 42 of the best informed people from all sectors of land use discussed the challenges of climate and social change facing rural Scotland. The report sets out eight recommendations to tackle the challenges facing biodiversity, food production, renewable energy, health and well-being.

The Report says that a cross sectoral approach is required that calls for the urgent development of new strategies alongside reforms to existing regulations and continued investment in innovative businesses, public services and infrastructure. If implemented, new Healthy Food, Agroecology and Sustainable Place strategies would be combined with strengthened requirements under the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement as well as Climate Impact Certificates detailing land use impacts. The integrated approach would be underpinned by support for secondary and tertiary education in creating a climate conscious, motivated and skilled workforce.

The on-line launch of the report  2021 will take place on  

The authors, Dr. Richard Atkins of SEDA and Prof. Davy McCracken of SRUC will present the key ideas and recommendations in the Report. These will be discussed by a panel of speakers from the Conversations including:

  • Professor Ronald MacDonald, the University of Glasgow
  • Professor Mads Fischer Moller, SRUC
  • Nikki Yoxall, Grampian Graziers
  • Professor Deb Roberts, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Science, The James Hutton Institute
  • Gail Halvorsen, SEDA, organiser of the Conversations & SEDA Land chair

The Report can be downloaded here, or a printed copy can be bought from the SEDA  Shop.

Tickets available here.

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