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Natural assets in the Highlands and Islands

A region of rich natural resources

Focusing on Our Region's Strengths

Our natural capital is amongst the most resourceful and plentiful in the world. At HIE we want to support business and community transition, innovation and access to investment opportunities, while protecting our environment.

The opportunities are far reaching - we're seeing enterprises responding to market demand for natural, local, sustainable products; businesses delivering change to reduce carbon emissions, and joint work with national and international investors and companies seeking off-setting and green investment opportunities.

Find out more about how nature can help us respond to the climate emergency, who can help you conserve our environment and meet some of the local enterprises leading the way.

 

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NatureScot

The Scottish Government’s nature conservation agency NatureScot is the place to go to find out more about delivering climate change through nature. 

Their work is about conserving and expanding the natural habitats which can actively reduce net emissions; helping manage the impacts of floods, heatwaves, sea-level rise and storms; and addressing the global biodiversity crisis by protecting habitats and species threatened by climate change.

You'll also find latest information funding and support on their website.

NatureScot funding and projects

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Carbon Sequestration

Carbon sequestration is the process involved in removal or capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. There are a wide range of natural and artificial methods being used to reduce emissions. In our region land and sea opportunities include tree planting, peatland and wetland restoration, changes to agricultural growing, and seaweed growth.

As well as delivering biodiversity benefits, there's an opportunity for those planting and restoring land to generate income from carbon market buyers. There are a range of codes that help you demonstrate the climate benefits you offer.

Find out more from Woodland Carbon Code and the Peatland Code below.

The Woodland Carbon Code sets out design and management requirements for voluntary UK based projects that aim to sequester carbon through new woodland creation. 

Woodland Carbon Code

Peatland Code

 

Peatland Research

Peatlands

Peatlands are among the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. While they cover less than 3% of the Earth's land surface they hold more carbon than all the plants on world combined.

More than 20% of Scotland is covered with peatland. When damaged peatlands become greenhouse gas emitters, and restoration is a key part of the Scottish Government’s goal of achieving a net-zero Scotland by 2045 at the latest.

NatureScot has been leading a peatland restoration project for the Scottish Government since 2012. Get guidance and funding information on their project action webpage. 

Peatland Action Project

 

 

Inspiring the next generation

Peatlands is one of the current topics being delivered by our Science Skills Academy in schools across the Highlands. Funded through the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, SSA is inspiring our youngsters in science, technology, maths and science subjects.

See the film we're using with youngsters about land use by clicking on the picture, and find out more about the Peatlands sessions in the link below.

Peatlands and SSA

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