Carbon Offsetting for Communities : Loch Ness Field Trip Report

Hannon, Matthew and Kerr, Finlay (2023) Carbon Offsetting for Communities : Loch Ness Field Trip Report. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. (

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This report offers a summary of a fieldtrip to the Loch Ness area during October 2022, as part of the project titled Carbon Offsetting and Communities: co-developing alternative place-based voluntary offsets in Scotland. The project is led by the University of Strathclyde and University of Aberdeen, and co-funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) and the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Sustainable Development COP26 Legacy Fund. The field trip saw representatives from various Scottish universities and public bodies visit two nature-based carbon offsets sites in the Central Highlands of Scotland – Trees for Life and Highlands Rewilding – as well as speak directly with other offset developers (e.g. RSPB) and local community representatives. The purpose of the trip was to see first-hand the changes that are taking place in Scottish Highlands through voluntary nature-based carbon offset project and to learn first-hand about the full range of impacts they’re having on communities. The trip was split into two days; the first involved a walk around the two sites with a guide and the second comprised of a series of talks from landowners, offset developers and community stakeholders.


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