LANDOWNERS and land managers must 'act with caution' when considering selling the carbon rights associated with their property.

In a statement released this week, Scottish Land Commission chair, Andrew Thin, said: “We have had a number of concerns raised recently from people across different land use sectors and by stakeholders of the Tenant Farming Advisory Forum about the pressures farmers and crofters are facing to sign over carbon rights.

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“This is a fledgling market and there is a risk decisions are being made without full awareness of the implications for individual land managers," warned Mr Thin.

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" I would encourage landowners and land managers to exercise caution when considering transferring carbon rights or options until there is greater clarity over issues such as ownership of the rights and the need to retain them in offsetting their own business emissions in the future.

Hr added: “The Scottish Land Commission is carrying out work to understand the developing influence of natural capital in the land market and to help inform advice to the Scottish Government on the risks, opportunities and appropriate steps to ensure the market works in the public interest.”