What people really think about the concept of natural capital?
The ESCom process area ‘Uptake and Evaluation’ was the catalyst for a meeting held recently in the Cairngorms National park. Farmers, land managers, Scottish Government agency staff (Cairngorms National Park Authority; Scottish Environment Protection Agency) and researchers from James Hutton Institute and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology met to showcase examples of the utility of the natural capital concept and contribute to the open debate encouraged by the Scottish Government.
Following three presentations providing local examples the practicalities and implications of assessments were discussed. A report agreed by all participants can be found Here The meeting ended with a wish echoed by all that perhaps Brexit might encourage farmers and agencies to work together as a team to get the best from the land and society, as currently, it feels as if they are constantly being held back by following the rules, rather than doing what is best for Scotland