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Soil erosion and compaction in Scottish soils: adapting to a changing climate

This report collates the current state of confident knowledge for Scotland – what we know, what we don’t know and what is under active debate.

Agroforestry in Scotland – potential benefits in a changing climate

This report identifies the potential benefits of increasing the use of agroforestry practice in Scotland to both farmers and wider society and aims to support wider discussion and implementation.

Climate Change, Natural Capital and Adaptation in Scotland’s Marginal Lands

Assessment of dominant ways farmers adapt to climate change, and their impact on different services.

Lessons on risk management from the finance sector for climate change adaptation in Scotland’s forestry sector

Exploring how risk measurement and management approaches used in the financial sector can apply to the Scottish forestry sector.

Emission intensity of Scottish agricultural commodities

Developing a model to quantify the greenhouse gas emission intensity of Scottish agricultural commodities

Soil governance in Scotland

Understanding the extent of the different legislative and policy mechanisms for the conservation and management of soil in Scotland, and how they relate to key national institutions.

The ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ approach - relevance to climate change

This report explores the approach known as Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES). It looks at the types of schemes used and how they are variously defined, structured and implemented.

Peatland restoration methods – an analysis of cost-effectiveness

An analysis of the costs and benefits of peatland restoration activities in Scotland.

Afforestation and restocking on peaty soils

This project examines new evidence published since the 2010 Forest Research report ‘Understanding the GHG implications of forestry on peat soils in Scotland’

Climate change impacts on Scotland’s forestry supply chain

Building resilience across Scotland’s forestry supply chain.

The role of contingency planning in climate change adaptation for the forestry sector in Scotland

Contingency planning plays an essential role in climate change adaptation for the forestry sector in Scotland.

Soil carbon and land use in Scotland

Soil carbon, or the content of carbon housed within soil, plays a significant role in the release and absorption of...