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S5W-02125: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many acres of woodland are required to help prevent flooding and assist in water basin management, and what is the estimated cost of this planting.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 21 September 2016

The Scottish Government has identified priority catchments where woodland should be planted to help prevent flooding and assist in water basin management. This information is available on the following website at: http://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/flooding/flood-maps/. This however does not specify the area of woodland needed to meet these objectives.

In 2016-17 the Scottish Government has allocated a budget of £30 million towards the costs of woodland planting including a bespoke ‘Woodlands for Water’ grant that provides an increased level of grant in priority catchments equivalent to 90% of standard costs.