On 28 July 2021, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor joined a meeting with the new Scotland environment minister Mairi McAllan and a wide range of stakeholders to discuss how best to meet Scottish Government’s ambitions for forestry.
It was a hugely positive and collaborative meeting and a chance for the new minister to meet senior players in the forestry, land and business sectors. Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019–2029 has three 10-year objectives covering economy, environment and people. The meeting had excellent contributions from experts and partners in government, industry, heritage, business, farming, higher education, third sector and environmental protection. The minister joined workshops looking at outputs and key steps to achieve the strategy’s objectives which will enable government to report on its implementation by the end of 2022.
The Institute of Chartered Foresters is also now part of England’s Nature for Climate Fund Delivery Advisory Group. One of the great strengths of the Institute is its UK-wide focus and this ability to look across each government’s approaches will help us collectively deliver for climate, nature and people.