The Scottish Government recently published a Draft Strategy for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Research that will run from 2022-2027. This is an ambitious multidisciplinary programme with a budget of around £48 million a year. Its programme is divided into five main themes:
- Plant and animal health
- Sustainable food system and supply
- Human impacts on the environment
- Natural resources
- Rural futures
Plunkett Foundation is glad to see that rural issues are given special attention in this strategy, and that community ownership is given a mention in “Rural futures”.