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by The James Hutton Institute, Scotland’s Rural College and The University of Leeds
Posted on May 18, 2017

New research has found that the general public is supportive of ambitious plans by the Scottish Government to restore Scotland’s peatlands - which benefits water quality, wildlife and carbon storage.

An online survey administered to almost two thousand Scottish residents forming a representative sample of the overall population was carried out in spring 2016. This survey includes monetary estimates of the values that people assign to peatland restoration. Monetary estimates of peatland values can inform (public and private) investment decisions on peatland restoration (for example, for comparing the costs of restorations with its monetized benefits) as well as informing decisions on where to prioritize restoration.

The results of this study offer an optimistic view for the development of a peatland restoration agenda in Scotland in terms of public support. However, it also shows that it is important to ensure that such agenda recognizes the need to provide appropriate and sufficient information that the public can understand and relate to. A report with the survey results can be downloaded.