Challenging Upland Futures
A forum to be held at Perth Theatre on 5 & 6 October 2021
‘Challenging Upland Futures’ will be a public forum with the aim, agreed by a range of diverse stakeholders:
- to integrate knowledge and understanding on the uplands of Scotland, and to agree priority actions to help ensure that our uplands deliver the widest possible range of benefits.
It is hoped that the participants will represent the wide diversity of stakeholders living in, and concerned with, the uplands of Scotland. The venue has a capacity of 160.
The event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College UHI, which has convened many previous events. It comes at a time when finding constructive ways forward in Scotland’s uplands is more urgent than ever, in a range of overlapping contexts. These include:
- the global climate emergency and Scotland’s Land Use Strategy;
- debates about grouse and deer management, especially in the light of recent reports from the Grouse Moor Management Group (Werritty Commission) and the Deer Working Group;
- land reform, community engagement, and sustainability;
- biodiversity, (re)wilding, and re/afforestation;
- suggestions for an uplands vision that emerged in 2017 from a consultation process led by SNH;
- the COVID-19 pandemic and its diverse impacts.
Opportunities for knowledge exchange
- interested organisations will have the opportunity to present a poster and/or display at the venue.
- The Royal Scottish Geographical Society published a special issue of ‘The Geographer’ linked to the event in Autumn 2020; this will be available here in late 2020.
We are currently finalising the budget, so have not yet set registration fees. If you are interested in attending, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is supported by: Perth and Kinross Council and the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research.