Delivering Multiple Benefits from our Land: Sustainable development in practice Conference

(in association with Forest Research, the James Hutton Institute and Scottish Natural Heritage)


15-16 April 2014, Edinburgh

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 presented the best possible scientific understanding of the complexities associated with meeting such potentially competing demands.  It also provide 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.

Conference Programme and Keynote Speakers

The Conference Programme (PDF-119K) shows the range of platform presentations being given under the four conference themes:

What do we need to know in order to incorporate the delivery of multiple benefits into planning and policies?
Policy Keynote Presentation:  The Scottish Government’s land use strategy and the aspirations therein. Bob McIntosh, Scottish Government.

Science Keynote Presentation: Science for future landscapes. Richard Aspinall, Editor, Journal of Land Use Science. 

What do we need to do to deliver integrated land management planning and policies on the ground?
Policy Keynote Presentation: tbc.

Science Keynote Presentation: Managing natural capital.  Rosie Hails, CEH.

What opportunities are there to develop a low carbon economy as well as maintain multiple benefits from our land?
Policy Keynote Presentation: tbc.

Science Keynote Presentation: Land as a source of rural development opportunity: can government pull the right levers? Richard Wakeford, Birmingham City University. 

What type of information and advisory systems do we need to deliver integrated land management in practice?
Policy Keynote Presentation: Title tbc.  Pille Koorberg, Agricultural Research Centre, Estonia.

Science Keynote Presentation: Integrated farm forestry needs integrated advisory systems: a stakeholder-based appraisal of options in Scotland.  Anna Lawrence, Forest Research.

For further details on each of the keynotes please see


Karen McCracken
Conference Organiser
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