16 November 2011 Last updated at 09:53
More than a million acres of common grazing available in Scotland should be treated as a national asset, according to an author of a new report.
The land is used by crofters in the Highlands, Western Isles, Argyll and Shetland for raising cattle and sheep.
Gwyn Jones, the main author of the report, said the importance of the land needed to be clearly recognised by policy makers.
Local authorities and Scottish Natural Heritage helped to fund the research.
The theme of the two day conference is The Crisis on Common Grazings.
- ^ Link to report (www.efncp.org)
- ^ Link to Common Agricultural Policy Explained document (ec.europa.eu)
- ^ Link to Scotland Rural Development Programme information (scotland.gov.uk)
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Common grazing ‘a national asset’