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Update: Peatland Biodiversity


Testing of and demonstrating biodiversity responses to peatland restoration will become increasingly important for moving the restoration story beyond carbon and water, and helping the UK meet international obligations for biodiversity conservation. Current monitoring of biodiversity responses in the UK is viewed as patchy, resulting in a poor evidence base, potentially missed opportunities for testing benefits, and hampering efforts to attract private funding for restoration in new financing initiatives. This proposal seeks support for a review of current biodiversity monitoring of peatland restoration projects in the UK, to inform the development of a strategy for future monitoring, linking to national and devolved peatland restoration strategies.


  • Collate and review the range of biodiversity monitoring taking place across UK peatland restoration projects
  • Review the evidence for biodiversity responses to peatland restoration
  • Provide a detailed critique of whether current monitoring is adequate to allow robust examination of responses to restoration. Where necessary, identify required improvements in monitoring (target taxa, methodologies, timescales)
  • Develop guidance for future monitoring of biodiversity responses to restoration that will yield analysable data.


Teams are expected to work independently and be co-ordinated by the lead author. IUCN UK Peatland Programme will be available to support any workshop and stakeholder engagement required for completion of the report.

A workshop with all topic authors and relevant stakeholders to scope out topic content plus additional workshops as required. Expenses are available (if selected on application) for travel but workshops can be conducted via Skype/phone as required.

A written report of no more than 30 pages
Where possible, a consensus view should be reached amongst the author team and any stakeholder groups. Where a consensus is not attainable, the arguments should be clearly presented and knowledge gaps summarised. Where possible, suggest protocols for research to address these knowledge gaps.

Summary briefing
A plain-English summary of the key findings of the report and recommendations for future work (no more than two pages in length). Case studies are encouraged to provide examples of key points.

An element of graphical representation
At least one of a) a graphical abstract; b) a key summary diagram; or c) an infographic. The graphics used should represent the topic as a whole or key aspects of the topic. Authors should ensure that graphical elements of the report are presented in such a way that the information is clear. IUCN UK Peatland Programme has a small budget set aside to allow a designer to enhance the graphics presented in the technical report and to ensure that all graphics within the Commission of Inquiry update report are presented utilising similar design.

Presentation of findings
Lead author or nominated co-author to attend the Open Inquiry Event and the option to present aspects of the topic at the 2018 IUCN UK Peatland Programme annual conference.

Please send completed application forms to info@iucn.org.uk and include 'Commission of Inquiry Call for Experts' in the subject line. The deadline for applications is on the 19th July 2017 and appointments will be made before the end of August 2017.