COMMUNITY APPROACH MAKE CONNECTIONS
The Partnership ensures a cohesive community The Partnership will connect public funding
approach. We can get the best price possible sources through Peatland Action for
for carbon and help ensure that the economic landowners and private finance through the
activity associated with restoration remains Peatland Code for restoration.
within our region as much as possible.
WE DO THE ADMIN
NOT FOR PROFIT Applications and paperwork are done for you by
The SCIO’s commitment to the Flow Country, the SCIO team, removing the administrative
its people and our landscape is written into burden of applying for restoration funding, and
its charitable constitution. It means we can will provide support whilst the restoration work
ensure a proportion of the financial benefits is being undertaken.
that accrue from carbon prices and ecosystem
services are looped back into our community VERIFICATION
for our united benefits. The SCIO helps with the ongoing monitoring
and evaluation process, as well as the
ETHICAL FINANCE verification.
The SCIO’s ethical finance guidelines will help
ensure that investment into Flow Country MITIGATE FOR FUTURE RISKS
restoration reflects local views on community We’re giving you umbrella protection for what
and the environment. you don’t know yet. We aim to help make nature-based finance, and the restoration work,
CARBON, SOCIAL IMPACT, understandable and actionable.
We connect all three elements to maximise our
positive impact at scale.
Q1 2023 Initial consultations with drop-in sessions in Wick, Thurso, Lairg, Strathy were held alongside an online
drop in session and feedback was gathered from communities, land managers and local
business. Interest for potential pilot sites was explored and research was undertaken for the
Economic Impact & Business Potential study of local restoration industry.
Q2 2023 Ideas for the Green Finance Initiative and Model were reviewed and refined based on feedback
from consultations and a second round of consultations were held. Work was also carried out alongside partners to develop
skills and jobs pathways.
Q3 2023 Through ongoing discussions with potential pilot sites, the SCIO (charity) model is being explored.
Q4 2023 Hire a Project Manager and Peatland Restoration Officer.
2024 Proceed with peatland restoration at Pilot Sites. Develop a business plan to make the SCIO self sustaining.