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Agriculture Just Transition Community Workshop comes to Helmsdale

By David Porter

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Just Transition workshops will take place in August
Just Transition workshops will take place in August

The Scottish Rural Network will be supporting Scottish Government Just Transition policy colleagues with a second round of Land Use and Agriculture Just Transition Community Workshops at the end of August.

A second week of community workshops will be undertaken in the last full week of August to engage directly with rural and island communities across Scotland.

The workshops will help shape and inform the approach to the Land Use and Agriculture Just Transition.

The first round of in-person events were held in the last week of July and covered a range of rural and island communities across Scotland.

Tackling climate change means that how we use and work our land will need to change.

This will affect not only those in land use and agriculture but also wider rural and island communities.

Workshops aim to bring together community members who are passionate about, or involved in, our Land and/or Agriculture as organisers seek to draw upon lived experiences and knowledge as Scotland looks to transition to a more sustainable and equitable future.

The first in-person event will be held on Monday, August 28 at Brodick Public Hall, Brodick, Isle of Arran with two northern dates taking place in Huntly at the Stewarts Hall and Helmsdale at the Helmsdale Library and Community Centre, both on August 30.

Through these discussion, they will look to explain what a Just Transition is and how it relates to Land Use and Agriculture, its relevance to the local community and offer the opportunity to discuss and share your experiences on key themes. This will include rural economy and jobs, communities and place, people and equity and the environment and climate adaptation.

Whether you are a directly involved in Land Use and Agriculture, or simply a community member interested in making a positive impact, this workshop is for you.

To register for Huntly visit here or to register for Helmsdale visit here.

A discussion paper has been published to support discussion on the development of a Just Transition Plan for Land Use and Agriculture.

It sets out a summary of current context, commitments, targets and policy ambitions and can be found at the link below.

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