The UK Government’s Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) is intended to support the rural economy while achieving the goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan, with a commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Focusing on the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes, ELMs will provide new incentives – and challenges – for farmers, growers and land managers across the nation.
The South West has a wealth of expertise in environmental management both on land and at sea. Farming is at the heart of the South West, with agriculture accounting for around 80% of its land use as a critical cornerstone to the region’s economy.
- What examples of effective, sustainable land management initiatives are already taking place in the region?
- What direction, research and technical support is needed to protect our food security and ensure local farms are part of the climate solution for a healthy future?
This event welcomes you to hear from local agricultural and environmental leaders, including Sir Harry Studholme, former chairman of the UK Forestry Commission and local Devon farmer, on the steps needed to develop a culture of nature friendly and regenerative farming. This is framed against the backdrop of the Government’s ELMS direction and its predicted impacts, before narrowing in on the relevance to and influence on the South West region.
Gain insight into the University’s cutting-edge research in the agriculture sector, recognised as the UK’s number 1 for research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
The University of Plymouth is forging new pathways to foster collaborations, so that Earth Science researchers and monitoring experts work closely with farmers and land managers to ensure the best methods, technology and information are applied.
We invite you to contribute your professional expertise in an interactive workshop, focused on how challenges in these areas have been overcome and sharing knowledge between disciplines that could strengthen future initiatives.
This event is part of the Sustainable Earth Forum, which opens the Research Festival 2022 on Friday 24 and Monday 27 June. It will be hybrid delivery, meaning you can attend in person or watch the talks streamed live online via Zoom from 09:50-11:45. Please note: unfortunately the workshop at 11:45 will not be available for online attendees.
This event will be of most interest to researchers across disciplines, including marine and earth sciences, psychology, social sciences, arts, business. Those who work in local authorities, land environment management, agriculture, and technology applied for environmental intelligence.