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Covering 10% of the UK’s land area, peatlands are our largest natural carbon store and play a key role in flood management and the provision of clean drinking water. They are also special places for wildlife. Safeguarding this important part of our environment is a major and urgent challenge, with direct relevance to business concerned with climate change and the state of our natural capital.
This webinar will introduce the recently launched Peatland Code, a new, innovative mechanism designed to help tackle the peatland challenge. By providing reassurance with regards the carbon savings a restoration project could realistically achieve, the Peatland Code can attract private investment in recognition of the benefits this important habitat provides. The webinar will also introduce some case studies where organisations including The Wildlife Trusts and RSPB, amongst others, are working with landowners to progress peatland restoration on the ground.
The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session. REGISTER HERE.
Speaker 1 – Clifton Bain, Director – IUCN UK Peatland Programme
Clifton Bain has led the IUCN UK Peatland Programme since its conception in 2009, when it was created to promote peatland restoration in the UK. Since then he has advocated the multiple benefits of peatlands, adhering to four main principles of partnership working, strong science, sound policy and effective practice.
Clifton has a strong background in environmental policy work, based with the RSPB in Scotland.
Speaker 2 – Dr Rob Stoneman, CEO of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Vice Chair of IUCN UK Peatland Programme
Rob Stoneman is co-founder of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, with both an academic and practical background in peatland conservation.
Rob is presently vice-chair of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and chair of the Yorkshire Peat Partnership – a multi-million pound partnership programme that restores and conserves upland peat habitat in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.