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by The Scottish Government
Posted on March 15, 2017

An £8 million investment will restore peatlands and help reduce carbon emissions, Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has revealed as she opened the funding for applications today.

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.

Around 1.7 million hectares of Scotland is covered in peatlands and keeping them well-maintained mitigates against climate change by locking in carbon. If left in a degraded condition they produce greenhouse gas emissions rather than act as a sink for soaking up carbon.

The fund is open for applications on 1 April but Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), who manage the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, are keen to hear about proposed projects from today. Update application requirements and guidance are available on the Scottish Natural Heritage website.

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