Published: 26/10/2012 18:00 - Updated: 26/10/2012 15:53

A £1.7 million Scottish Government investment to restore Scotland's

Rob Gibson MSP argued the vote will ensure ‘the decisions about Scotland are taken by the people of Scotland'.
Rob Gibson MSP has welcomed the Scottish Goverment's investment in the nation's peatlands.

A £1.7 million Scottish Government investment to restore Scotland’s peatlands has been welcome by Caithness Sutherland and Ross SNP MSP Rob Gibson.

The funding announcement was made by Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse and will be part of the Scottish Government’s Green Stimulus Package.

Mr Gibson, a long-standing champion of restoring peatlands, said the continued support from the Scottish Government is very welcome news.

“Peatlands are vital to the climate change imperative which we now face as they lock away carbon,” explained the MSP.

“In effect, they are natural carbon sinks – if they dry out and are damaged then they release more carbon into the atmosphere.

“So to restore those that have been blocked up or dried out will help the environment by reducing the amount of carbon in the country.”

The Flow Country which straddles the Caithness

Sutherland border is the largest blanket bog in the world.

“It supports a diverse ecology and has been called the Amazon rain forest of the northern hemisphere such is its importance in locking away carbon,” said Mr Gibson.

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