There are two main ways to use the land to help tackle climate change: reduce the emissions from land use – including farming and forestry – and enhance the amount of CO2 the land surface takes up from the atmosphere.

The Land Use Strategy for Scotland is the first of its kind in the world, taking a holistic approach to land use management, and recognising that different sectors are inextricably linked. It places climate change at the centre of the principles to guide actions. 

All our land use projects are part of answering the overall question: How can our land use help reduce carbon emissions and lessen the impacts of climate change, whilst delivering food, biodiversity, social amenity and economic benefits?

Read more about land use and climate change

Read the blog on land use, biodiversity and keeping to the 1.5C target

Our recent research advice on land use and carbon emissions