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Land Use

The Land Use Planning Group is a more established group for NEECCO and has been running since  October 2020. The group has identified data gaps that are important to give us a clear picture of where the region is currently and the potential changes that would make a significant difference in terms of carbon.

The Land Use has identified 2 areas of work where we can add value:

Data Capture working group – This group will look at the current data sets available for the North East in terms of land use, carbon emission and sequestration. We want to produce a clear map of the NE and the land use position as it stands today. Thais is hoped to allow for scenario building on land use change and the carbon difference that will make.   

Survey of Landowners and Natural capital owners Working Group – Representatives of farmers and landowners stated that there was no clear understanding of their current knowledge of natural capital or carbon credit potential or what their plans where going forward. A survey of these stakeholders produced by a single agency such as the NFU would not be disseminated by other agencies or the findings shared. A role for this group will be to produce and disseminate through partners a survey and share the results with all partners.

Again we will work with the indicators group to avoid duplication and add value.

Land Use Planning Group Members

Members of the planning group bring their skillsets and knowledge from the following partnership organisations:

  • Capability North East (Chair)
  • NFU
  • Northumbria University
  • Natural England
  • Gateshead Council
  • North Pennines AONB
  • Environment Agency
  • Rural Design Centre
  • Northumberland National Park
  • Newcastle City Council
  • CLA
  • Groundwork
  • GCV Green Network
  • NEECCo
  • Durham Community Action
  • Forestry Commission
  • Confor
  • Woodland Trust
  • Environment Agency
  • Northumbrian Water