Preserving our assets

Edinburgh University will be holding a peatlands workshop in Thurso on 17th July 2015.
Peatlands are one of Scotland’s most important natural assets. They store carbon, provide us with clean drinking water, help to regulate floods, support our wildlife and are part of our heritage.
In 2013 the Scottish government pledged £15 million to support peatland restoration. In 2015 this will be distributed through SRDP in Scotland and will mostly cover capital costs.
The UK Peatland Code has been developed to facilitate private sponsorship of peatland restoration on top of
SRDP funding to make restoration more financially attractive and to provide continued maintenance payments.
Speakers will include:
Andrew McBride: Peatland Action Project Manager, SNH
Mark Reed: Research manager, IUCN Peatland Programme
Norrie Russell: RSPB
Kathleen Allen, University of Edinburgh
What to expect:
10.00 Refreshments on Arrival
 - Workshop introduction
 - As a group, outline causes and effects of peatland damage
 - Kathleen Allen, Scientific justification for restoration
11:10 Tea/Coffee
 - Norrie Russell– restoration in Caithness and Sutherland
 - Andrew McBride and Mark Reed – funding for projects
 - Positive and negative effects of peatland restoration. In groups, look at positive and negative effects
12.50 Lunch
 - Personal attachments to peatlands. Think about personal reasons living and working in peatland areas
 - Costs and benefits of peatland restoration. Discuss assumptions and management options. Work with feasibility
tool to design a project with acceptable costs and revenue
16.00 - Round up the day, discuss how to proceed
The workshop will be held on the 17th July at Caithness Horizons, Old Town Hall, High Street, Thurso, KW14 8AJ For more information please contact Kathleen Allen: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07902792398
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