Land Use in Scotland: Changes, Challenges and Solutions

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The CIEEM 2020 Scottish conference will be a virtual conference on the challenges in reconciling the differing land use objectives in Scotland. The conference will focus on two key areas, firstly on balancing diverse land uses in the uplands and secondly on how the objectives of major linear infrastructure projects can be met while conserving valuable habitats and species.


Change is never easy and the pressure on Scotland’s land use is increasing at a rapid pace. Traditionally, agriculture, sporting estates and forestry have dominated our upland habitats, but we now want to utilise our uplands to achieve an increasing range of objectives including:
- increasing and diversifying tree planting to address demands for raw materials and meet climate change objectives.
- protecting, restoring, and enhancing peatlands to maximise carbon sequestration
- rewilding to help restore biodiversity
- making the most of recreational access which helps to deliver health benefits.
How do we deliver all these and other objectives and satisfy the requirements of all stakeholders? How do we decide which is the best use for any given land parcel?

Equally, in recent years in Scotland there have been major linear infrastructure projects. Linear projects encompass multiple landowners, often each with their own specific land use priorities. What are the challenges and what tools can ecologists and environmental managers use to overcome conflicts and achieve the best outcomes for biodiversity at a range of spatial scales?

This conference will examine ways in which we can maximise complementary land uses for multiple benefits and ensure long-term sustainability.

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Group booking discount

CIEEM members purchasing 5 tickets can get their place free.
The other 4 tickets can either be members or non members.

Please contact to make your booking. 


Tickets Person(s) Price
CIEEM Member (Fellow, Full, Associate, Qualifying) - Day 2 only 1 £75.00
CIEEM Member (Retired) - Day 1 only 1 £50.00
CIEEM Student Member 1 £25.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £110.00
Student (not a CIEEM member) 1 £50.00
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