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Aspects 85: Shaping a Vision for the Uplands

E Stockdale

Aspects of Applied Biology no. 85 contains a number of papers given as oral presentations and posters presented at Shaping a vision for the uplands - a meeting of the Association of Applied Biologists organised with The Environment Agency  at Sheffield Hallam University on 2-4 June 2008.


The uplands face many challenges. Recently the Minister of the Environment called for an increased focus on the key questions: ‘what is land for’ and ‘why do we value it’ recognizing the importance of land use to our social, economic, and environmental progress. These questions are of particular importance in the uplands where traditional agricultural management is becoming economically difficult to sustain. Although hill farming remains at the core of the rural economy and community, its primary role of food production is declining in importance. The reform of the Common Agriculture Policy has already lead to significant restructuring of traditional hill farming systems and will continue to do so. The management of our uplands for grouse is also a key element of the rural economy. The role of uplands in providing a range of public benefits for those who live, work or visit the hills has long been recognised, traditional farmed landscapes are the cornerstone of rural tourism, our hills provide a space into which people can escape and wildlife can thrive. The uplands also provide less tangible public benefits such as water for people to drink, the means to sequestrate carbon and potentially, reduce the impact of flooding, but how do we value these benefits and protect them? The drive to put appropriate structures and policies in place to guide land management in the uplands has rarely been so high on the policy agenda. The uplands are not wilderness areas, but are living landscapes in which we need to balance wildlife, landscape, water, access and economic development. Mitigating and adapting to climate change is also a key consideration. All these individual elements need to be approached in an integrated framework which brings together evidence and people with policy. Establishing the right mechanisms for development and delivery are essential, and these need to be underpinned by a clear vision of what we want and where we want it.


Consequently this conference provided a forum for a wide range of stakeholders to:

  • Share and learn from experience and practice of management approaches in the uplands
  • Identify the key policy drivers and their implications for the uplands
  • Evaluate the evidence for the range of public benefits
  • Consider how such benefits can be valued appropriately in policy frameworks      
  • Identify common principles that can be used to inform locally adapted solutions

2008 138 pp. 

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