Stability and simplicity - proposals for rural funding transition period. A response from the British Ecological Society Scottish Policy Group to the Scottish Government's consultation.
This paper presents the response of the British Ecological Society Scottish Policy Group to the Scottish Government's consultation. This consultation is the start of the Scottish Government's process to develop a new rural support policy for Scotland. It presents both an opportunity and a challenge to create a sustainable agricultural system that is better balanced for farming, food production, the countryside, wildlife, and the delivery of public goods. Public goods connected to the environment include for example, clean air and water, healthy and stable soils, improved/enhanced carbon sequestration, biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.