As part of their climate change plan to reduce carbon emissions and support biodiversity, the Scottish Government has announced funding for projects to restore Scotland’s peatlands. Degraded peatlands emit more carbon than they remove, becoming a net source of greenhouse gases. Restoring peatlands will help remove and store carbon from the atmosphere, support habitats and species, improve water quality, and manage flood risk.
Last year, the Scottish Government announced a £250 million ten-year funding package to support peatland restoration, with a target of restoring 250,000 hectares of degraded peatland by 2030. In 2021 to 2022, five partners, including NatureScot and Scottish Water, will receive a share of £22 million to deliver a range of new and existing restoration projects across Scotland.
Source: Scottish Government, 5 June 2021