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Update: Funding for Peatland Management and Restoration


If voluntary uptake of peatland restoration outwith designated areas is to be achieved, then funding must be available to meet not only the direct capital costs of peatland restoration but also the potential opportunity costs. For example, some landowners still have concerns relating to increased wetness and land becoming unsuitable for sheep grazing or grouse production.

Recent work commissioned by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme suggests that interpretation of agri-environment support for peatland restoration is different across the four devolved authorities and has resulted in varied uptake of peatland management and restoration. Further work is needed to quantify (£) the restoration effects on land productivity to allow realistic costs to be explained to landowners and to ensure that any real economic losses to be reimbursed through alternative payment mechanisms. The Peatland Code currently represents a form of PES-based payment and application of the Code would benefit from an improved understanding of the realistic opportunity costs to landowners to ensure that voluntary uptake of peatland restoration does not present an economic burden to the landowner.


  • Provide a brief outline of the current funding available across the UK to support sustainable peatland livelihoods and peatland restoration activities
  • Quantify the financial costs and benefits to society associated with peatland condition. Provide examples, using case studies where relevant
  • Quantify the opportunity costs associated with peatland restoration and sustainable management, in the context of current agri-environment policy. Provide examples, using case studies where relevant
  • What options might be viable to support sustainable peatland livelihoods post-Brexit? Is PES likely to be a realistic option? Include case study examples of PES successes and future needs of PES-based payments.


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