Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6pm to 8pm, at the Scottish Parliament
Scotland’s sparsely-populated areas are predicted to lose a quarter of their population by 2046, with the working age population likely to shrink by 33%.
At the same time, the challenge of enabling the development that is needed to sustain rural communities is delicately balanced with the environmental imperatives of conserving our environment and protecting its biodiversity.
In this context, how can Scotland develop a shared vision for the future of its rural areas?
Join an expert panel to discuss the challenges and trends, explore the potential futures ahead of us, and consider the outcomes we want to achieve by 2030.
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Chaired by Claudia Beamish MSP, Scotland’s Futures Forum director, the discussion will be framed by a presentation of recent research on community empowerment and landscape in Scotland (https://www.inherit-institute.org/cls) and feature a panel-led discussion including Megan MacInnes, Scottish Land Commissioner, and Dr Calum MacLeod, Policy Director for Community Land Scotland.
17:30 Registration opens
18:00 Welcome: Claudia Beamish MSP, Scotland’s Futures Forum Director
18:05 Introduction: Dr Lesley Lancaster, University of Aberdeen and Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy
18:10 Presentation: Community Empowerment and Landscape – Dr Chris Dalglish, the Institute for Heritage and Sustainable Human Development
18:25 Discussion: A Sustainable Future for Rural Scotland
Panel includes Megan MacInnes from the Scottish Land Commission and Dr Calum MacLeod from Community Land Scotland.
19:30 Informal discussion over light refreshments
20:00 Event finishes