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Livestock breeds and greenhouse gas emissions

Different animals emit different levels of greenhouse gases. This report pulls together the current evidence for different types, size and breeds of cattle in Scotland.

A framework for benchmarking greenhouse gas emissions intensity in Scottish farming

This research was designed to develop a robust method for generating intensity data for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on Scottish farms.

Mitigation measures in the ‘smart inventory’: Practical abatement potential in Scottish agriculture

This report summarises the extent certain agricultural practice changes in Scotland are (or could be) recognised in the smart inventory.

Payment for carbon sequestration in soils: A scoping study

This report examines how Scotland’s agricultural soils might sequester carbon as part of an overall approach to mitigate against, and adapt to, climate change.

Climate benefits of forest-to-bog restoration on deep peat – Policy briefing

This briefing draws together the results of several projects that examined how the peatland responds when trees are removed from former conifer plantations on deep peat and the drainage channels are blocked.

Comparative analysis of farm-based carbon audits

This report is a comparative analysis of farm-based carbon audits. It draws together evidence on the effectiveness of existing tools deployed in the UK, Europe and the wider world.

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.