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Peat, plantations, and power: Insight into Scotland's rural land market

Natural Capital and Land

Do you want to find out more about the move to net zero and the opportunities and risks for Scotland's land? Join our series of online events looking at the growing investment in carbon and natural capital and what it means for Scotland's land and communities.

Tuesday 24 May, 4-5pm
Peat, plantations, and power: Insight into Scotland's rural land market

The first in our 'Natural Capital and Land' series will look at our recently published report on what is happening in Scotland's rural land market. Chaired by Scottish Land Commissioner, Sally Reynolds, the panel includes one of the authors of the report, Steven Thomson from SRUC, who will be joined by Faye Gonzalez, Savills; Prof Deb Roberts, James Hutton Institute; and land reform campaigner Andy Wightman. The panel will explore what is happening in Scotland's rural land market, why and the implications for not only who owns Scotland's land but who is able to make decisions and who benefits from the land. The hour-long session will include a Q&A for your chance to put your questions to the panel and take part in discussions.

Speakers:
- Steven Thomson - Agricultural Economist, SRUC
- Prof Deb Roberts - Deputy CEO, Director of Science, James Hutton Institute
- Faye Gonzalez - Director, Savills
- Andy Wightman, Land Reform Campaigner.

Chair: Sally Reynolds, Scottish Land Commissioner

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Next in the series of 'Natural Capital and Land' events is: 

Tuesday 31 May, 4-5pm
The Carbon Rush: Understanding the role of carbon, offsetting and investing in the land market

The second in our 'Natural Capital and Land' series will look at the published Land Lines discussion papers by Prof Dieter Helm, and Dr Jill Robbie and Dr Gigi Jokubauskaite, exploring the role of carbon in land ownership and use. Chaired by Scottish Land Commissioner Megan MacInnes, the panel includes authors of the Land Lines discussion paper on carbon rights, Dr Jill Robbie and Dr Gigi Jokubauskaite, from University of Glasgow; Don MacLeod, Partner, Turcan Connell; and Prof Dave Reay from the University of Edinburgh. The panel will discuss carbon offsetting, the value of carbon, carbon rights, and what all of this means for Scotland's land. The hour-long session will include 30 minutes for Q&A for your chance to put your questions to the panel and take part in the discussion.

Speakers:
- Dr Jill Robbie - Senior Lecturer in Private Law, University of Glasgow
- Dr Giedre Jokubauskaite - Lecturer in International Law, University of Glasgow
- Don MacLeod - Partner, Turcan Connell
- Prof Dave Reay - Professor of Carbon Management & Education, University of Edinburgh.

Chair: Megan MacInnes, Scottish Land Commissioner

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The next two sessions in the series will look at responsible land ownership and use. There will be significant land use change ahead with more woodland, large-scale peatland restoration, better soil and carbon management, with private and public finance driving this. It is going to be important that communities and local economies benefit from this change.

The third session will look at the Commission's Land Rights and Responsibilities Protocol which specifically addresses responsible practice in relation to natural capital and carbon sequestration. Ensuring the land ownership, use and management decisions are balanced, seek to achieve wider social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits and will not have detrimental impact.
Date to be announced

The fourth and final session in the series will explore how natural capital can be used as an opportunity to deliver wider social benefits for the immediate communities affected and the wider public.
Date to be announced

Peat, plantations, and power: Insight into Scotland's rural land market