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Scotland’s Biennial Land Use and the Environment Conference XII

Theme 2: How can land managers be encouraged and helped to deliver those public goods effectively?

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Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

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KEYNOTE 1: Putting theory in to practice: supporting change, monitoring impacts and delivering rewards for public goods
Caroline Drummond, Linking Environment & Farming (LEAF)

Caroline DrummondCaroline has been running LEAF, the farming and environmental charity since it started in 1991. She graduated in Agriculture and has broad practical agricultural experience from across the globe. Her work focuses on encouraging more sustainable farming practices and building a better public trust and understanding of farming, food, health and the environment – values that she is personally extremely passionate about.  She is actively involved in many industry partnerships and initiatives.

In 2009 Caroline was awarded the MBE, she has an Honorary Doctorate from Harper Adams University, a Nuffield Scholarship and was awarded Honorary Fellowship for the Society of the Environment. In 2017 she was awarded the IAgrE Award For Outstanding Contribution to the Landbased Sector and the Farmers Guardian Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture.  In 2018 she was awarded the RASE National Agriculture Award and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Agricultural University.

Caroline is actively involved with the British Nutrition Foundation, North Wyke, the Agri-tech initiative – CHAP, the IAgrM, and the Science Museum.

Caroline is married to a dairy farmer and they have a daughter. 

KEYNOTE 2: Actions and prescriptions or outcomes and engagement?  Experience from agri-environment schemes in England
Steve Chaplin, Natural England

Steve ChaplinStephen Chaplin is Principal Adviser Agri-environment Evidence at Natural England. He has over 15 years’ experience of agri-environment scheme design, monitoring, evaluation and review and has been the lead for designing and coordinating the programme of scheme monitoring in England for much of that time.  He also has a long-standing interest in supporting research to inform future scheme development from testing new environmental land management practices through to work on alternative scheme delivery models and payment approaches.  He was instrumental in developing the results-based agri-environment pilot project currently operating in England.

Associated web links:

The design and application of the public goods tool: an evaluation framework for the development of sustainable farming systems
Laurence Smith, The Organic Research Centre (ORC)

Laurence SmithLaurence Smith is Senior Sustainability Researcher at The Organic Research Centre (ORC) where he leads the Environment, Sustainability and Health programme.  He has over 20 years of practical experience within the organic sector and his research focuses on the development and application of tools and metrics for farm-system level sustainability assessment. 

His PhD research assessed the production and greenhouse gas impacts of a 100% conversion to organic production methods in England and Wales and Laurence is co-author of ORC’s sustainability assessment tool, the Public Goods tool (PG tool).  The PG tool has been applied on over 450 farms across Europe to assess diverse aspects of sustainability within a range of environmental and socio-economic contexts.

Laurence is currently a member of the Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (GHGAP) steering group, the Defra Environmental Land Management (ELM) Agronomist Working Group and the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC).  He is currently leading work-packages and tasks on sustainability assessment within the EU Horizon 2020 project iSAGE, the FACCE-JPI project SustainFARM and the Global Food Security Programme project SEEGSLIP.

Associated web links:

The Public Goods tool (PG tool)

Developing an assessment tool to evaluate the sustainability of sheep and goat farming systems in Europe

iSAGE project

SEEGSLIP project

The business of sustainability - blending profitable farming with valued species and habitats
Ross MacLeod, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)

Ross MacleodRoss Macleod is Head of Policy (Scotland) for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. His main area of work is focused on how practical conservation can fit alongside productive farming. Looking after a small family farm in the Scottish Borders alongside the day job, the challenges of achieving this balance are all too apparent to him! He is also involved in work to understand how farmer clusters, successfully launched in England, can be developed north of the border. Before working with the Trust, Ross built up the Wildlife Estates Scotland initiative to cover over 1 million acres of accredited properties, a project which developed his interest in how Natural Capital principles might provide further robust measures of sustainable management. He is exploring this further at GWCT’s Scotland Demonstration Farm in Aberdeenshire. Ross holds an Honours Degree in Geography and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

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Working conservationists -

Farmer clusters -

GWCT Scottish Demonstration Farm -

How can we enhance the role of local land and water users in delivering catchment scale water ecosystem services? Lessons from PESLES, a lowland case study in eastern Scotland
Andy Vinten, James Hutton Institute (JHI)

Andy VintenAndy Vinten is a principal catchment scientist at the James Hutton Institute. He is currently leading a research project  on the Lunan Water catchment, Angus, exploring the challenges of implementing  rural water management to deliver across a range of ecosystem services.  He has also worked on development and assessment of novel  and cost-effective methods to mitigate diffuse pollution, in this catchment and elsewhere for >20 years. Prior to working at the James Hutton Institute, he ran a master’s course in Environmental Protection and Management at SRUC for 10 years. He  has also worked on water management and diffuse pollution issues overseas, mainly in Israel and Brazil.

Associated web links:

Applying the Natural Capital Protocol to support land managers to deliver public goods
Andrew Wells, The Crown Estates Scotland

Andrew WellsHead of Property for Crown Estate Scotland, based in Edinburgh, Andrew oversees the management of the Crown’s rural and coastal property portfolio in Scotland. He has worked for The Crown Estate and now Crown Estate Scotland for 28 years, formerly as Head of Countryside Management at a UK level and prior to this as Head Ranger on the award winning Glenlivet estate, where he played a key role in initiation and delivery of a wide range of tourism, farm diversification, natural heritage, countryside interpretation and community projects. Andrew’s work directly contributed to The Crown Estate’s success in winning several major awards in recognition for work, at a Scottish, UK and European level.

Formerly vice-convener of the Cairngorms National Park Outdoor Access Forum, and currently Chair of the Cairngorms Nature Partnership, Andrew has been closely involved in rural land management, education, rural development and conservation throughout his career.

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