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The IUCN UK Peatland Programme advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice.

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About Us

The IUCN UK Peatland Programme was set up in 2009 to promote peatland restoration in the UK. The Programme advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice. 

The work of the Peatland Programme is overseen by a coalition of environmental bodies including John Muir Trust, Moors for the Future Partnership, Natural England, North Pennines AONB Partnership, RSPB, Scottish Wildlife Trust, University of East London and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The Programme is currently hosted by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. 

A three year programme of work was developed to provide a ‘conservation quartet’ consisting of partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice. One of the overarching themes for this work is the promotion of the multiple benefits of peatlands to society

Our work

    •    Provides a focus for peatland research and management
    •    Offers credible messages for decision makers
    •    Facilitates consensus building and knowledge exchange
    •    Highlights the benefits and values of peatland ecosystem services
 

Programme objectives

  1. Inform policy and legislation at international, EU, UK and devolved country level to ensure effective conservation and restoration of peatlands and secure long term funding and regulatory support for the sustainable management of peatlands.
  2. Champion peatlands and their plight to decision makers and the public by promoting their environmental, social, cultural and economic values.
  3. Improve knowledge and understanding of peatland conditions and their functions, particularly in relation to greenhouse gas emissions and water management.
  4. Improve information sharing and knowledge exchange within the community of peatland practitioners, policy makers and researchers.
  5. Promote good practice within industry, the private landowning and business sector to help conserve peatlands and identify the economic opportunities for the private sector from peatland restoration.

Read the Peatland Programme Business Strategy 2009 - 2012.

The Peatland Programme is funded by the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust.