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RD 1.4.3: Practical interventions to realise multiple benefits and manage trade-offs

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RD 1.4.3: Practical interventions to realise multiple benefits and manage trade-offs research considers how we can support delivery of multiple benefits in practice. Working with stakeholders at a landscape scale, we will support delivery of multiple benefits in intensive/extensive agricultural catchments; and woodland expansion in peri-urban and accessible-rural settings. A comparative research design, comparing different land use and land management choices will draw out what works where and why; and provide stakeholder feedback to RD 1.4.1 (priority data gaps) and RD 1.4.2 (local perceptions and management strategies).

Our work is organised as follows:

  • Applying an adaptive management framework to facilitate the evaluation and coordination of measures to deliver multiple benefits contact Kit MacLeod
  • Assessing the potential for agri-environmental measures to deliver multiple benefits at a landscape scale – contact Justin Irvine
  • Developing approaches that reconcile woodland expansion with other land use priorities – contact Katrina Brown. This research is developed together with research on ecosystem benefits
  • To use AM to integrate water management options for the delivery of multiple benefits – contact Kit Macleod. This work incorporates an ongoing project in the Lunan Catchment.

Landscape image showing agricultural landscapeThe work involves researchers from the James Hutton Institute, Moredun Research Institute and Centre for Hydrology and Ecology (Edinburgh) working closely with local communities, land managers, Scottish Government agencies and environmental NGOs.


Project Information
Project Type: 
Active Project
SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research InstitutesSEFARI is the collective of six Scottish world-leading Research Institutes working across the spectrum of environment, land, food, agriculture and communities – all topics which affect how we live our lives, in Scotland and beyond.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.