[Diggers350] Scottish & Welsh Farmland Corporatised in 'Environmental Carbon Offset Scam
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Tue May 3 10:25:22 BST 2022
Scottish and Welsh Farmland Being Corporatised in
Fake Environmental Carbon Offset Scam
May 2022 <https://tlio.org.uk/author/tony/>Tony
Carbon Watch: Labour and Plaid Cymru destroy
natural woods in Wales, selling off grazing to
corporate interests to offset their carbon footprint 12 February 2022
WALES: Greater transparency and information is
needed about the purchase of viable farm land in
Wales by corporations using carbon offset
schemes, the Welsh affairs committee has warned today.
While MPs recognise the importance of woodland to
tackle the climate emergency, concerns were
raised that companies could be attempting to
game the system by investing in farming land to
offset emissions which is then lost to Welsh
agriculture. Farmers could find themselves
priced out of good quality farming land as many
can simply not compete with the prices paid by wealthy companies for the land.
The committee invites the Welsh government to
consider whether it has appropriate safeguards in
place to ensure companies investing in carbon
woodland offsets have credible emission
reductions schemes, calls on the Welsh and UK
governments to improve the transparency and
regulation of carbon offset schemes which in
effect create a change of land use, and suggests
that greater transparency may be achieved by the
creation of a register of carbon offset schemes
so that the extent of this problem can be monitored.
The potential lack of farm land is just one of
the issues facing family farms in Wales. Welsh
farmers feel the economics are stacked against
the family farm referring to the single farm
payment, working hours and rent. The committee
was concerned to hear that around a fifth of
Welsh farms had a farm business income of less
than zero with an average income of £26,000 per farm.
The language and cultural traditions maintained
by family farms are also at risk. The
agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors in
Wales represents 43 per cent of Welsh speaking
workers, and with farming in Wales dominated by
over 60s, when they retire there are concerns
that the language could be further eroded. Many
younger generations are leaving due to the lack
of work, and the committee therefore recommends
that new entrants are supported into farming,
while the UK and Welsh governments should work
together to create a scheme to support farmers plan for their retirement.
The committee collected evidence on free trade
agreements (FTAs) and heard concerns that Welsh
producers could be undermined if the UK market is
flooded with cheaper imports. The committee
stressed that it is important that safeguards
continue to be included in FTAs with countries
with a large agri-food export sector. The
committee recommends that the UK government
publish cumulative impact modelling to show the
impact of FTAs and again recommends that a Welsh
specific impact assessment is carried out to
mitigate any adverse impacts an FTA could have on the Welsh farming sector.
Committee chair Stephen Crabb MP, said following
todays report: Farming is an incredibly
important and vital sector for communities across
Wales. An enormous 90 per cent of Welsh land is
used for farming, and comparably with England,
the farming sector employs more people and
contributes more to the Welsh economy.
Yet, Welsh farming is facing a challenging time
in a number of different areas. We heard that a
significant amount of farming land is being lost
to carbon offset projects which is being sold at
such a high price to wealthy companies that
farmers, many of whom are already struggling
financially, cannot compete with. While offsets
could be a useful tool in meeting net zero, there
must be adequate safeguards in place to avoid
greenwashing by companies relying on offsets to
avoid difficult decisions to tackle emissions at source.
Further, with older generations dominating the
farming community, we must make sure they have a
suitable route into retirement so farming, and
the rich legacy of traditions that come with it,
continue in younger generations.
SCOTLAND: Absentee owners buying up Scottish
estates in secret sales Nearly half of sales of
Highland estates went to absentee owners last
year in some cases for environmental offsetting
Severin Carrell Scotland editor @SeverinCarrell Tue 12 Apr 2022
A majority of Highland estates that changed hands
last year were sold in secret, and nearly half
went to absentee owners rushing to buy rural land
for environmental reasons, a report has revealed.
The Scottish Land Commission, an official body
set up to reform land ownership, has warned these
trends are threatening attempts to diversify land
ownership, improve the rural economy and increase
transparency and accountability.
An investigation it commissioned implies the
Scottish land market is at risk of overheating,
with the demand from corporations, charities and
the privately wealthy for prime Highland estates greatly outstripping supply.
A study by Scotlands Rural College and two major
estate agencies Savills and Strutt & Parker
has for the first time analysed land sales in
Scotland over the past two years involving
Highland sporting estates, commercial forests and farms.
It found that prices for sporting estates jumped
by 88% in 2021 compared with 2020, even though
the number of properties sold was similar to the
five-year average. Two sold for more than £20m.
And despite the global pandemic, the amount spent
last year rose by 119% compared with 2020.
Nearly two-thirds of last years sales were
carried out privately, without the land going on
the open market, with a third of the total going
to overseas buyers. Those off market sales
meant land was changing hands secretly without
allowing local people to put in bids, the commission warned.
Hamish Trench, the commissions chief executive,
said these trends could make it significantly
harder for local communities, cooperatives and
social enterprises to buy land, stifling efforts
to promote rural economic diversity.
That greatly increased the case for new public
interest tests to be introduced on large land
sales, and for rules to prevent private land
sales excluding local communities, he added.
tree-planting drive in Scotland risks widening rural inequality
The way the land market functions is important
to Scotlands ambitions such as net zero, nature
restoration, repopulation and community
empowerment, Trench said. Being able to
participate in the market shapes not just who
owns Scotlands land, but who is able to make
decisions and who benefits from land and its
economic, social and environmental value.
Businesses and investors are now paying premium
prices for rural estates, commercial forests and
farms to offset carbon emissions and sell green
investments as they attempt to meet the
challenges set by governments and scientists to address climate heating.
At the same time, the very wealthy are still
buying Highland estates for lifestyle reasons but
are now investing much more in woodland,
rewilding and peatland restoration rather than
focusing on deer stalking, salmon and grouse as before.
A recent study by Community Land Scotland, which
campaigns for land reform, found that many
forestry projects are subsidised by government
grants to promote reforestation and regeneration,
while also allowing owners to sell carbon credits
based on the CO2 the forests absorb.
That has meant farm prices in Scotland jumped by
31% last year, compared with 6% at UK level, the
land commission report said. The value of
poor-quality grazing land and hill farms ideal
for forestry rose by 60% last year.
The commissions findings will intensify pressure
on the Scottish government to introduce a public
interest test and potentially limit the amount of
land one individual or entity can own.
As part of the Scottish National partys
cooperation deal with the Scottish Greens it
plans to introduce a new land reform bill in late
2023, but it remains unclear what ministers intend to do.
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The government has also promised to double the
£10m-a-year Scottish Land Fund, which distributes
grants for community buyouts, to £20m by 2026.
That fund was already heavily oversubscribed
before last years sudden surge in land prices,
and had to turn applicants away.
In 2019, the commission found that about 1,125
owners, including public bodies and charities,
owned 70% of Scotlands rural land, totalling
4.1m hectares (10m acres). That includes 87
owners who hold 1.7m hectares, including some
that own vast landholdings of over 80,000
hectares spreading over multiple properties.
The Scottish government said it recognised the
case for land reform. The commissions report
supported the approach we are taking to ensure
that the investment in our natural capital is
conducted in a responsible manner, in keeping
with our land reform objectives and the need to
ensure a just transition to net zero.
Calum MacLeod, the policy director of Community
Land Scotland, said the governments timetable
lacked urgency. It could take several years for legislation to come into force.
Scotland urgently needs land reform legislation
regulating off-market estate sales, applying
public interest tests on significant land
transfers and current landholdings, and making it
easier to use existing community rights to buy
land to be enacted well before the end of 2023, he said.
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