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By Fiona Reid
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Barony to host land management conference

A CONFERENCE to promote links between land management industries and identify future skills and training needs will be held in Dumfries next month.

The South West Scotland Future Landscapes Conference at the Barony is being organised by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in collaboration with South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE).

It will look at landscape management, future planning and integrating new technologies and research into land management, with a focus on planning skills and training to meet future needs.

There will be workshops on regenerative agriculture, peatland and carbon management, 100-year management plans among others.

Davy McCracken, from SRUC, said: “Landscapes and land management practices will need to change if we are to address the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis effectively in Scotland.

“This conference will consider what that means for the south west of Scotland. It will also seek to understand the skills that are required to deliver that land use change and help stimulate new business opportunities.”

In addition, the conference will feature the launch of the Natural Capital Innovation Partnership which aims to develop an entrepreneurial campus to address training needs and provide new economic opportunities for farmers and land-based businesses.

It takes place on July 1, to find out more contact: [email protected]

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