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Update: State of UK Peatlands


To complement the IUCN Commission of Inquiry Update, there is a need to refresh the information presented in the Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands (2011) in relation to the State of UK Peatlands. Advances have been made in the use of remote sensing and mapping of peatlands for both national assessment and project specific monitoring. The update will also specifically seek to include new information on the peatland restoration and conservation activity that has taken place since 2011, as well as capturing proposed peatland restoration going forward under new funding announcements (e.g. LIFE, agri-environment funding) and new country-level peatland actions plans such as those in Scotland and England.


  • Outline our understanding of peatland trajectories from a degraded > restoring > restored state, and the external influences, such as land management practices, which may influence the path or direction of the restoration trajectory
  • Briefly summarise the range of techniques being employed to map the peatland resource and condition of peatlands in the UK and UKOTs. Include an overview of current remote sensing projects and the types of peatland data these will generate
  • Summarise the extent of restoration activity that has taken place across the UK (inc. UKOTs) since the last assessment report in 2011. Include detail (where available) on:
  • The type of peatland restoration undertaken and areas restored
  • The techniques used to restore the peatland
  • Management requirements post-restoration
  • Restoration costs (per ha averages)
  • Summarise the scale of future peatland restoration that is committed to under existing funding/project agreements across Government, statutory bodies, NGOs and private landowners (where known). Indicate the delivery mechanism for this restoration and its funding source.


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 19th July 2017 and appointments will be made before the end of August 2017.