The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee considered the agriculture, transport and forestry aspects of the Draft Climate Change Plan. The committee has now published its response which includes criticising the lack of financial information provided and the timescales for scrutiny.
The response also calls for greater recognition of farmers who are already positively contributing to mitigate climate change and considers it reasonable to consider alternative approaches if the voluntary approach is not sufficient. The committee calls on the Scottish Government to consider reviewing tenancy ingo and outgo procedures so soil quality can be properly accounted for.
Regarding forestry, the response calls for greater research on the benefits of ‘the right tree on the right place’ to optimise carbon capture. The committee criticised the draft plan’s lack of focus on how existing woodland will be positively managed, integration of forestry and agriculture, and the integration of land use planning.