Land Reform (Scotland) Bill
The Royal Society of Edinburgh has responded to the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on its scrutiny of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.
The RSE recognises that Scotland's land is one of the nation's most significant assets, delivering a vast range of goods and servcies that are crucial to local communities, to Scotland's society and to its natural heritage. In principle, the RSE welcomes moves, within the Bill and more widely to maximise the benefits of land for local communities and for the Scottish people more widely.
However, the RSE is concerned by the failure of the Bill to place land reform within the broader context of land use, drivers that shape land use and responsible stewardship. In addition, it suggests that the aims of the legislation could be undermined by the Bill's failure to address the complex demands placed on Scotland's land; and the potentially competing interests of different communities relating to land.