Scotland’s biennial agriculture and environment conference takes place in Edinburgh on 1-2 March. The overall theme of the conference is ‘What future for our farming systems?: Environmental challenges and integrated solutions’.
Organised by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and SEPA with other partners, this conference seeks to encourage debate on the benefits from more sustainable resource use and greater integration of different land uses on lowland and upland farming systems.
It will present the best possible scientific understanding of the complexities associated with achieving integration. It will also include case studies of good practice farming, agro-forestry and agro-ecology systems. Finally, it will provide a forum to discuss how researchers, land managers and policy makers can help develop and support multi-functional agriculture and wider ecosystem services within a healthy and thriving rural economy.
Our Chief Executive, Terry A’Hearn will be presenting a keynote paper and chairing a session on how the policy landscape needs to change to help a move to more sustainable farming systems, involving greater integration of other land uses.
SEPA staff will also be presenting two other papers, one on natural flood management and one on our rural diffuse pollution work.
The SRUC-SEPA Conference is organised by Scotland’s Rural College and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, in association with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Forest Research (the research agency of the Forestry Commission), The James Hutton Institute and Scottish Natural Heritage.