The Scottish Parliament's think-tank

Scotland 2030: A Sustainable Future for Rural Scotland

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?

These questions and more will be considered an expert panel this evening, who will discuss the challenges and trends, explore the potential futures ahead of us, and considere the outcomes we want to achieve by 2030.

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).

It will also feature a panel-led discussion including Megan MacInnes, Scottish Land Commissioner, Vicki Swales from Scottish Environment LINK, Dr Calum MacLeod, Policy Director for Community Land Scotland, and Jack Norquoy, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Orkney.

A written report and highlights video will appear on this webpage after the event.

Draft programme

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

  • Megan MacInnes from the Scottish Land Commission
  • Vicki Swales from Scottish Environment LINK
  • Dr Calum MacLeod from Community Land Scotland
  • Jack Norquoy MSYP, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Orkney

19:30 Informal discussion over light refreshments

20:00 Event finishes