Date lodged: 23 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to research conducted by the University of St Andrews, which suggests that more needs to be done to protect carbon stores in sea lochs.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 8 March 2018
The Scottish Government welcomes the research of the University of St Andrews. Our new blue carbon research programme, as outlined in the Climate Change Plan, will complement this and provide further understanding of the value of this resource and how to protect it. Many of the key blue carbon habitats and species described in the report are already protected as Priority Marine Features, and several sea lochs are also safeguarded within Scotland’s Marine Protected Area Network .