Climate change, the land-based labour market and rural land use in Scotland

J Atterton, James Glendinning, Pattanapong Tiwasing

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The Scottish Government’s 2020 Update to the Climate Change Plan 2018-32 recognises the
need for large scale and rapid changes to the way we use and manage our land to help
reach Scotland’s net zero targets. The Scottish Government is also committed to significant
improvements in nature restoration, to tackle the twin crises of climate change and
biodiversity loss.
Critical to delivery of these land use changes will be the size and skills of the workforce in
land-based activities. In turn, the size and location of the workforce will be critical to the
sustainability of many rural and island communities.
This report explores the condition and composition of the land-based labour market and the
potential for scenario-based modelling to project future labour market requirements. We
conducted a review of literature and of statistical data, and a small number of stakeholder
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh
Commissioning bodyClimate X Change
Number of pages126
Publication statusPrint publication - Apr 2023

Bibliographical note

© The University of Edinburgh, 2024
Prepared by the Rural Policy Centre, SRUC on behalf of ClimateXChange, The University of
Edinburgh. All rights reserved.


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