The Flows to the Future Project is ending in Autumn 2019. After this time there will be limited updates on this news page. Please feel free to have a browse through past news stories and blogs to get a taster for what went on during the five years of the project.

Flow Country Showcase for International Evaluation Team

Community groups, crofters, estate owners, foresters, conservationists, developers, tourism businesses, scientific experts and government agencies have teamed up to ensure that an international team of inspectors understands why the Flow Country deserves global recognition as Scotland’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Flow Country World Heritage project working towards maximising potential benefits

Growing and managing exciting new opportunities for northern communities and businesses resulting from the potential UNESCO World Heritage inscription for the Flow Country was the theme of a major gathering of local and national stakeholders last week.
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Flow Country Candidate World Heritage Site Planning Position Statement Approved by Councillors

On May the 4th, 2023 the Highland Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee approved a Planning Position Statement which aims to provide clarity to developers in relation to the candidate Flow Country World Heritage Site.
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Flow Country Green Finance Initiative begins first steps and consultations

Interest in investing in environmentally friendly projects (‘green finance’) and carbon/biodiversity credits is growing but so is the anxiety about future land management and external influences on local livelihoods.

In response to the growth in local and external interest in peatland restoration, biodiversity, and carbon credits, a group of local organisations has come together to think through how to put together a Green Finance Initiative (GFI) for the Flow Country.
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Flow Country World Heritage bid enters new phase with submission delivery to UNESCO

The campaign to secure World Heritage Site status for Scotland’s Flow Country has entered a new phase with the formal submission of the formal nomination dossier to UNESCO.

A copy of the complete 250-page dossier and accompanying draft management plan, which makes the in-depth case for designating the 190,000-hectare site as the world’s first peatland World Heritage Site, was hand-delivered in Westminster by Dr Steven Andrews, the Flow Country Partnership’s project coordinator.
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Flow Country World Heritage Project Consultation Results & Responses

A report on the spring and summer consultation exercises and responses to questions raised has now been released along with a revised proposed World Heritage site boundary.
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The Flow Country proposed World Heritage Site draft Management Plan open for consultation

You can access the consultation at and it will remain open until September 12th 2022.
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Scottish Authors tell the story of The Flow Country for International Bog Day

To mark International Bog Day (25 July) and as part of the bid to win UNESCO World Heritage Site status for The Flow County, three short stories have been written to capture the beauty and significance of Scotland’s globally important blanket peat bog.
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New edition of the Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland Management Strategy released

Following consultation held in 2020 the third edition of the Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland Management Strategy (2021-2030) has now been released.
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Consultation Begins - Drop in Sessions and Online Portal

The Flow Country Partnership is taking its project on the road for a 16-day consultation tour of Caithness and Sutherland.
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