The Scottish Government has announced that restoration of Scotland’s peatlands will be supported by £15 million worth of new funding. The money will be distributed over the next two financial years.
The country’s blanket bogs are one of the world’s rarest habitats and a vital and unique breeding ground for birds. In addition, intact peatlands provide many other benefits, such as good water quality, carbon storage, a recreational resource and support diverse economic activities.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:
“Our peatlands cover almost a fifth of Scotland and are key habitats for much of our wildlife. We also know that peatlands play a role in carbon capture helping reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and they can fulfil an important part in natural flood management as a means of slowing the flow of water downstream within a river catchment.
“If we continue to improve the condition of our peatlands and bogs, then our habitats will undoubtedly experience the benefit, as will our economy.
“This money will go towards vital work to preserve and safeguard Scotland's peatlands. There’s already a lot of good work going on to restore them and it is important that we continue this trend.
“The importance of restoring peat-forming habitats which have been drained or damaged cannot be underestimated and the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring Scotland’s peatlands are returned to good condition.”
More on the Green Stimulus Peatland Restoration Project: http://www.snh.gov.uk/climate-change/what-snh-is-doing/green-stimulus-peatland-restoration/