The carbon stored in Scotland's soils 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.
With this in mind, 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.
This new funding is part of the Government’s Green Stimulus package and will support a range of projects, from on-the-ground peatland management to the background research needed to underpin the creation of peatland carbon markets.
For more information please visit the Scottish Natural Heritage website.