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Spotlight on Scotland: empowering rural communities through natural capital investment

29 Sep 2022
Main Stage

As investors look to profit from the carbon-offset gold rush, demand for land is soaring.

Scotland has a large rural land area: 98% of the country’s landmass is classified as either ‘remote rural’ or ‘accessible rural’. One-fifth of the country is peatlands, which, as natural carbon sinks, hold the equivalent of 140 years of Scotland’s carbon emissions. Given this, how can somewhere like Scotland insure investment in natural capital is done in a way that is empowering and benefiting rural and island communities?


Nina Hossain, Journalist and Broadcaster 


Mairi McAllan, Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Scottish Government

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