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Research Strategy 2005 - 2010

Cross-Cutting Themes (CCTs)

flowers covered with snowThe Cross Cutting Themes are a new development of the current Research Strategy. Research is carried out within and across four Programmes, and is being developed and driven within the Main Research Providers (MRPs). They have selected a number of Cross Cutting Theme Champions to represent, promote and manage the research and to liaise with RERAD. The central point of contact for the Cross Cutting Theme Champions within the Main Research Providers is Dr Adrian Newton, Adrian.Newton@scri.ac.uk

CCT 1: Responding to Climate Change

Climate change is widely recognised as one of the most serious environmental threats facing our planet. Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from the burning of fossil fuels and from environmental sources are already making a significant impact on the world's climate through effects on global concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere and ozone depleting substances. Consequences for Scotland 's land use, environment and rural communities need to be better understood, as do the drivers for climate change and how they can be mitigated. This CCT will integrate outputs from the four Programmes in order to generate products and knowledge that enable Scotland to respond to climate change, and which help mitigate the release of GHG.

CCT 2: Protecting Biodiversity

Biodiversity has economic importance through the supply of food, natural products, environmental services and natural heritage. It also enriches our lives and is a measure of the sustainability of our society. Global concerns over the loss of biodiversity are reflected within Scotland where, as elsewhere, biodiversity is under threat from many factors including development, intensive agriculture, climate change and pollution. This CCT will integrate relevant outputs from the Programmes in order to generate knowledge and products that enable Scotland to protect and enhance the biodiversity found in rural areas and consider the implications of change.

CCT 3: Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability of Rural Scotland

This theme aims to produce knowledge and capability for the development and implementation of evidence based policy and practice that ensures the environmental, economic and social sustainability of rural Scotland . Rural Scotland is an essential part of Scotland 's economy and quality of life and the sustainability of rural Scotland is addressed by many key Executive policies. This CCT will interact with the outputs of the four Programmes in order to inform an integrated holistic approach to land management. This includes the human dimensions of land management and rural communities. Many of the outputs that the theme aims to achieve will require an inter-disciplinary approach.