The Green Stimulus Peatland Restoration Project is a Scottish Government initiative to reduce carbon released into the atmosphere by helping to restore degraded peatlands.
The carbon stored in Scotland's soils (notably peat and peaty soil) is equivalent to over 180 years of greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland at current emission rates.
Restoring peat-forming habitat which has been drained or damaged helps ensure that they remain as long-term sinks rather than sources of greenhouse gases.
Scottish Natural Heritage is administering funding of £1.7 million over 2 ½ years with the aim of storing and sequestering carbon through the restoration of peatland.
This restoration project will contribute to the objectives of Scotland's National Peatland Plan which is currently being developed by SNH, Scottish Government, its Agencies and a wide group of stakeholders.
The primary aim of the project is to facilitate 'on the ground' peatland restoration work.
Applications are also welcomed for funding to:
• Deliver events on demonstration of best practice in peatland restoration;
• improve innovation (testing new techniques);
• raise awareness of peatland restoration.
How to Apply
Given the extent of Scotland's peatlands (~2m ha) and the relatively poor condition of much of the resource, it is important that this funding is targeted at areas where it can make a significant difference in the timescales and budgets involved.
There will be several opportunities to apply for funding:
• the next deadline in 2013/14 (for grants extending up to March 2015) is 4 October 2013
• in early 2014 there will be another call for applications (grants starting April 2014 and beyond), with a submission deadline of 18 February 2014.
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