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Scotland Rural Land Use Study

The Scottish Government Rural Land Use Study

tractor in fieldThe aim of this cross-cutting study is to provide an integrated evidence-base on the potential contributions of Scotland's rural land to delivering on the Scottish Government's purpose of sustainable economic growth, and to help in addressing major policy challenges across government and the wider public sector, such as climate change, ensuring food and energy security, and meeting housing and infrastructure needs in response to changing demographics.

The Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate (RERAD) is managing this Study, with a project team combining experience in natural science, social research and economics. It consists of three main research projects, which have been commissioned through open competition:

Project 1: Changing Land Use in Rural Scotland: Drivers and Decision-making

Project 2: Realising the Potential Contributions of Scotland's Rural Land to Delivering Sustainable Economic Growth

Project 3: The Role of the Public Sector in Realising the Benefits of Scotland's Rural Land

A fourth project will also be set up to look at land use and land use change data in Scotland.

Findings from these projects will be presented and discussed at a Rural Land Use Summit scheduled for November 2009, where their implications for land use in rural Scotland will be debated by a range of key stakeholders.

The Environment Biology and Agriculture Research pages have more information on the projects.