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The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black Black Carbon

26 May 2023

Today we publish ‘The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Carbon’. The paper, by renowned academic, writer and land reformer Alastair McIntosh, gives a fascinating perspective on natural and private capital and is a welcome contribution to an important contemporary debate.

The ‘green finance’ issue has emerged quickly and is raising many questions. The issues the paper raises are far-reaching in how Scotland adjusts to a rapidly changing world with major climate challenges.

Chair of Community Land Scotland, Ailsa Raeburn says “The issues are long-term and will span the administrations of many future governments. Given the impact they are having and will have on future generations, Community Land Scotland would welcome a big and open conversation between communities, government and its agencies, opposition parties and others who have a part to play to explore the most inclusive ways forward. There is scope to build from the positive suggestions Alastair McIntosh offers in his paper and the conversations with Nature Scot we are already engaged in.”

Opportunities should be explored to consider how the public and third sector can work together to address some of the inherent challenges Alastair raises in the current finance led ‘natural capital’ approach. There may be significant opportunity to ensure:

Ailsa Raeburn, again ‘However, the time to do this is short, and significant focus needs to be given now to designing interventions and subsidies that achieve policy convergence. We look forward to working with others to take the conversation forward in a way that we hope can address concerns and build consensus.”


Ailsa Raeburn
Community Land Scotland