SRUC and SEPA Conference 2014

Delivering Multiple Benefits from our Land: Sustainable Development in Practice

SAC and SEPA Conference Montage 2014The 2014 SRUC and SEPA conference (organised in association with Forest Research, the James Hutton institute and Scottish Natural Heritage) took place in Edinburgh on 15 and 16 April 2014.

The need to deliver multiple benefits from our land will mean decisions having to be taken about a wide range of land management issues.

For example:

  • How can an ecosystem approach be applied to all land use planning decisions?
  • How best to address climate change issues while maintaining food and energy security?
  • How can rural renewable energy sources help meet energy demands?
  • How can farming and forestry systems contribute to increased ecosystem service delivery?
  • How best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rural land uses while maintaining profitable agriculture and forestry sectors?

This conference sought to present the best possible scientific understanding of the complexities associated with meeting such potentially competing demands. It also provided a forum to discuss how researchers and policy makers can help support land managers deliver multiple benefits within a thriving rural economy and thereby ensure that sustainable development is achievable.

Download the SRUC and SEPA Conference 2014 Programme.

Download the SRUC and SEPA Conference 2014 Proceedings.

Claire Baker, Member of the Scottish Parliament, provided the Opening Address.

This was followed by a total of twenty-four platform presentations over the two days, arranged under four main themes listed below. The presentations can be downloaded by following each theme link:

Over 50 posters were also on display during the conference. The majority of these can be downloaded by following the link below:

Further Reading

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