Peatlands Partnership Community Consultation
Community consultation on Flow to the Future project and possible World Heritage Site status.
The Peatlands Partnership is currently developing a multi-million pound project called Flow to the Future. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded some funding so that a funding bid can be prepared. The Peatlands Partnership was formed in 2007 and promotes the special nature and interests of the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland (the Flow Country). It is independently chaired and includes Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highland Council, RSPB Scotland, Plantlife International, the Environmental Research Institute, individuals from the local community and other stakeholder organisations.
In addition, Scottish Natural Heritage is currently considering on behalf of government whether to put forward a large area of the Flows for nomination as a World Heritage Site (WHS).
Please help the Peatlands Partnership plan and secure funding for the future of the peatlands by answering 13 questions so as to:
· ensure that community views and knowledge are taken into account in the development of the Flow to the Future project;
· determine the level of need for and support for activities which are currently proposed or are identified through this consultation for inclusion in the project - this will also help us secure funding;
· establish community views in relation to the possibility of WHS status.
If funded the project will last for 5 years from Autumn 2014 and directly employ 5 people, with the majority of spend going to contractors for the restoration and building work. The budget will inject around £9 million directly into the local economy over the project lifespan as well as other benefits through increased tourism.
You can access the questionnaire here.