Scottish government announces extra £11m for peatland restoration

The Scottish government has announced an extra £11m in peatland restoration funding in addition to the £3m awarded earlier this year.

Scotland’s peat soils cover more than 20% of the country and store around 1600 million tonnes of carbon.

When left undisturbed, peatland provides a significant natural sink of CO2, and also benefits the environment by providing an internationally important habitat, improving water quality and reducing flood risk.

However, the Scottish government noted that “many of our peatlands are not in good condition, as a result some areas of peatlands are releasing carbon dioxide rather than storing it”.

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