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Scottish Rural Action Conference & AGM 2017
September 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - September 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Inclusive rural development post 2020: Towards a vision for rural Scotland
Our 2017 conference focuses in on the future of rural development. As rural communities face challenging times, we need to speak and work together to identify and promote our vision for rural Scotland.
The outputs from the event include:
- A position paper on the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities throughout the Brexit process
- A submission to the National Council of Rural Advisors on protecting and enhancing the rural economy
- Reponses to upcoming policy developments including the National Transport Strategy, Climate Change Bill, National Social Isolation Strategy & Local Democracy Bill
Lesley Riddoch, Journalist: Future of Rural Scotland –DIY Communities?
With plans to devolve power to communities whilst keeping the existing pattern of super-sized councils intact, rural Scotland may become a patchwork of DIY communities – some resourceful and asset-rich, others left behind. Should rural Scots embrace this future or campaign for something different?
Professor Sarah Skerratt, SRUC: A vision for rural Scotland
There’s a need to know where we are going, and why, and how to get there…This presentation will examine vision statements for rural Scotland, who should own that vision, and how we move from a vision to reality.
Rachel Fox, Scottish Water: Scenario Planning: Four Plausible Futures
To ensure Scottish Water’s customers continue to receive an excellent service into the future, we need to be prepared for what the future might bring. Of course, no one can predict the future; we applied a scenario planning process with input from across the business and our stakeholders. From this process we developed four plausible futures. This has helped us consider how we may need to operate in to the middle of the century and how our overall strategic approach can be made more resilient to future uncertainties and challenges.
- Amanda Burgauer, Scottish Rural Action
- Jim Hume, National Rural Mental Health Forum
- Gavin Leask, Shelter
- Anne Connor, Rural Wisdom
- Carron Tobin, Rural Dimensions
- Daniel Lafferty, Transport Scotland
Our workshops will explore some of the key areas which will contribute to a collective vision for rural Scotland, which will be extended at the Scottish Rural Parliament in 2018.
A: Developing & empowering rural leaders for the future with Sandy Brunton (Mull & Iona Community Trust), Alison Macleod (Applecross Community Company) and Carron Tobin (Rural Dimensions)
As we rely an increasing amount on our rural communities to deliver services, strengthen our economy and to design their own future, we need to ensure we are fostering leadership skills. This workshop will input into a number of SRA work streams by identifying how rural policy can foster leadership now and in the future, and identifying practical training and support SRA can deliver to support our emerging leaders.
B: Rural Transport: Exploring the rural perspective on transport for the future with Daniel Lafferty (Transport Scotland), Jenny Milne (JLM) and Norette Ferns (Scottish Rural Network)
An early opportunity to input into the National Transport Strategy as we begin contemplating the steps we need to take now to future proof our transport system, and ensure rural communities are not left behind.
C: Empty commercial property: A model for the future with Gordon Harrison (Scottish Rural Action), Gavin Leask (Shelter) and Sheena Boyd
With 34,000 long-term empty homes in Scotland and a housing shortage across rural Scotland, we need to consider how to address the shortage. This workshop looks at the successful Empty Homes Scheme, extending the scheme to encompass commercial property as well as residential, and the potential role of Compulsory Purchase Orders.
D: Inclusiveness & wellbeing in rural Scotland with Jim Hume (National Rural Mental Health Forum), Anne Connor (Rural Wisdom) and Fiona Thompson (Scottish Rural Action)
How do we develop rural policy that is inclusive and protects wellbeing? As we start considering the future of rural policy post-2020 we have an opportunity to place inclusiveness and wellbeing at the heart of rural development.
E: Addressing Climate Change with Paul Daly (Scottish Rural Action and Friends of the Earth) and Nadezhda Filipova
Considering our viewpoint on climate change and key environmental issues as well as the SRA response for the Climate Change Bill.