A new draft strategy for the Flow Country peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland could help the case for making the internationally important area a World Heritage Site. A public consultation has been launched to seek local views on the strategy that envisages making a submission for UNESCO world heritage status by early 2023. It also proposes promoting the area as a green tourism destination, as well as greater community involvement in managing the peatlands, actions to contribute to climate change projects and to minimise impact on the area from development including wind farms. Caithness and Sutherland are home to the largest and most intact area of blanket bog in Europe, with 4% of the world’s resource. The area supports a wide range of wildlife and is a vitally important store for carbon.
Source: The Press and Journal