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Launch of £8 million Peatlands Action Fund

Communities and land managers can apply for the Peatlands Action Fund which will help the Scottish Government deliver on its proposals to restore 250,000 hectares of peatlands by 2032. SNH will deliver the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Since 2013, SNH’s Peatland ACTION project has started the restoration process on more than 10,000 hectares of degraded peatlands.

Launched by Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on 15 March, this new phase brings a fund of £8 million to spend on continuing Scotland-wide peatland restoration in 2017/18.

Applications will be accepted from 1 April and the window for applications will remain open until the end of October 2017 (subject to available funds).

Commenting on the new funding, Ms Cunningham said:

“Restoring our peatlands and taking advantage of their value as a natural resource is crucial if we are to continue to build on our world leading low carbon ambitions, and reduce emissions by 66% by 2032.

“By increasing our investment more communities will be able to transform and use peatlands as an open space, regenerating it as a habitat for wildlife and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Since 2013 our peatland restoration work has already transformed more than 10,000 hectares with this new funding set to deliver a step change in our approach by restoring 8,000 hectares in 2017-18 and ultimately lead to our goal of 250,000 by 2032.

“Developing peatlands is just one area covered in our draft Climate Change Plan which sets out the real on the ground changes that need to happen across our economy to achieve our ambitious targets.”

22 March 2017

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