28-29 November 2018
Offers are being invited for platform presentations and posters under the following provisional themes:
A fourth session will consist of a panel-debate on what changes in policy or governance are required to reward land managers for the delivery of environmental public goods in a cost-effective and transparent way.
If you wish to submit an abstract for a platform presentation, please contact Karen.McCracken@sac.co.uk. Abstracts and poster titles to be submitted by 15 June 2018.
Click to download Guidelines for Preparation of Abstracts.
There is still a lot of water to flow under the bridge before the scale and shape of future public funding to land managers becomes clearer. But with Brexit rapidly approaching – and with each new model of theoretical scenarios suggesting that major changes to current support levels are inevitable – then one major topic of debate revolves around the suggestion that future support for land management should only be targeted at the provision of public goods.
However, it is important to remember that most – if not all - of the questions being asked about how best to use public funding to obtain public goods have been around for a long time. What Brexit has done is to bring those questions more to the forefront of a much greater number of people’s minds. In particular, it is now being recognised that any funding that goes to land managers in the future is going to have to be argued for - and justified - against other calls on public funding such as health and education.
In order to make such arguments it will be important that the public goods being delivered can be assessed in a cost-effective and transparent way. That then begs a number of questions:
Although Brexit is a huge challenge it is also a huge opportunity to develop something different with regard to the effective delivery of environmental public goods in the future. This conference will seek to help inform and shape the debate about how best to reward farmers, foresters and other land managers for delivering public goods from their land management practices. In particular it will provide a forum to help develop thinking of practical implementation on the ground and what that means for policy development.
If you have not participated in previous Land Use & The Environment conferences and wish to join the mailing list please contact Karen.McCracken@sac.co.uk.
Please circulate this announcement within your networks to others who may wish to attend. International participants are also welcome.
For further details please contact:
SRUC: Scotland’s Rural College
J F Niven Building
Tel: 0044 (0)1292 525 282
Click to download Scotland’s Biennial Land Use and the Environment Conference XII leaflet.
Address: Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), J F Niven Building, Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5HW
Telephone: 01292 525282
Fax: 01292 525333