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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01265: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what actions it plans to take to protect peatland from rising salt levels.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 20 July 2016

Rising sea levels and contact with salt water can slow down the rate of peat accumulation. Recent research has been published on this topic which estimates the risk to coastal peatlands of sea-level rise attributable to climate change, while confirming the value of healthy peatlands in limiting the effects of climate change. The Science and Monitoring Group established to support delivery of the National Peatland Plan will consider evidence such as this in its efforts to help protect Scotland’s valuable peatland resource and target future restoration.