Green Stimulus Peatland Restoration Project
The Green Stimulus Peatland Restoration Project is a Scottish Government initiative to reduce carbon released into the atmosphere by helping to restore degraded peatlands.
The carbon stored in Scotland's soils (notably peat and peaty soil) is equivalent to over 180 years of greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland at current emission rates.
Restoring peat-forming habitat which has been drained or damaged helps ensure that they remain as long-term sinks rather than sources of greenhouse gases.
Scottish Natural Heritage is administering funding of £1.7 million over 2 ½ years with the aim of storing and sequestering carbon through the restoration of peatland. The project contributes to the objectives of Scotland's National Peatland Plan, currently under development by SNH, Scottish Government, its Agencies and a wide group of stakeholders.
The primary aim of the project is to facilitate 'on the ground' peatland restoration work. We also welcome applications for funding to:
- deliver events on demonstration of best practice in peatland restoration;
- improve innovation (testing new techniques);
- raise awareness of peatland restoration.
How to apply
Given the extent of Scotland's peatlands (~2m ha) and the relatively poor condition of much of the resource, it is important that this funding is targeted at areas where it can make a significant difference in the timescales and budgets involved.
The next opportunity to apply for funding is in early 2014 (for grants starting April 2014 and beyond). The submission deadline for applications is 18 February 2014.
Applicants are advised to read the eligibility criteria before completing an application form .
Please submit completed application forms electronically to the project mailbox: GSPRP@snh.gov.uk
If you have any potential projects you would like to discuss with the project team, please get in touch through the project email in the first instance.
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