April 2015

Central Scotland Green Network Forum

The annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGM) Forum takes place on 2nd June 2015. This year it will focus on urban greening, emphasising the CSGN’s links to the Scottish Government’s agendas on placemaking, town centres, climate change, and tackling health inequalities.

For further information, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2015-central-scotland-green-network-forum...

Aberdeenshire Land Use pilot report published

The Aberdeenshire Pilot was one of two land use pilots initiated by Scottish Government as part of the implementation of its 2011 Land Use Strategy. It involved creating a framework which summarises policy and environmental information for users and indicates where particular types of land use change might be beneficial or detrimental in line with policy goals and climate change mitigation/adaption.

Conference on 'nature-based solutions' for urban areas

The research network Alter-net is holding a conference on "Nature and Urban Wellbeing" in Belgium from 18th to 20th May 2015.  The event will consider the role of so-called 'Nature-Based Solutions' (using natural processes and features) to address societal challenges in and around urban areas. It is intended to initiate dialogue between those representing research interests, public policy and practical actions 'on the ground'.

For further information, see http://www.alter-net.info/outputs/conf-2015 

Report on woodlands, flood risk and water quality

Trade body Confor and Forest Research have published a non-technical report that explains how well designed and managed productive woodlands can reduce flood risk and protect water quality. The report makes use of ‘opportunity mapping’ work by Forest Research to identify, map and target areas where woodland could have the most positive impact to reduce flood risk.

The report is available at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/beeh-9ungad