8th September 2014 By Anne Adrain (ICAS)
Opportunity to participate in rural debate
Currently, in Scotland, agricultural land accounts for almost 80% of the total land area. That’s the equivalent of almost 6.2 million hectares.
How we use this land is increasingly under the spotlight, in particular, whether our current use and consumption threatens the extent to which future generations might have access to its benefits.
We rely on Scotland’s land for food, housing, transportation, water and recreation, to name but a few of its uses. With all of these competing demands, how can we ensure that we use this essential resource most efficiently? And protect it for future generations?
Only when we are able to attribute a value to the land that we use will we fully account for the true cost of using this resource and take steps to enhance and protect it.
This is recognised as a key objective by all involved with the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, as evidenced by the event on Land Reform held during this summer’s Royal Highland Show. The Scottish Government’s Land Use Strategy also seeks to address this issue and encourages us to consider how we might recognise, understand and value Scotland’s land.
The discussion is likely to continue during the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) Farming, Estate Management and Renewables Conference on 16 and 17 September, at the Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel. The two day conference will feature a variety of speakers including accountants, lawyers, farmers and estate management professionals on topics such as land reform, diversification and renewables.
Anyone interested in attending the conference can register using the following link: http://icas.org.uk/ld/farmingconf/