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The Peatland Code is the voluntary standard for peatland restoration projects in the UK that want to be sponsored on the basis of their carbon benefits.
Governments around the world recognise the vital importance of our peatlands as part of efforts to tackle climate change, water management and biodiversity conservation. The UK has shown leadership in its commitment to safeguarding peatlands and restoration work here has been both tried and tested, and shown to be effective. A massive partnership effort is now required to extend this work and bring about urgent repairs after historic widespread damage.
The Peatland Code is a mechanism by which businesses can help fund peatland restoration projects. Carefully designed to ensure environmental credibility, the Peatland Code is a voluntary standard that quantifies carbon emission reductions of restored peatlands, so that businesses can invest in pre-selected projects with confidence that their funds will return clear carbon benefits, enabling them to meet corporate social responsibility targets.
With no prior financial incentive for land managers to restore peatlands, which have become degraded through damaging agricultural and forestry practices among other things, the Peatland Code should provide much needed funds to these communities in return for carbon, water and biodiversity benefits.
The Peatland Code is based on research work by Birmingham City University and University of Leeds on behalf of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme.
For more information see 'An introduction to the pilot UK Peatland Code' by Mark Reed, made during the two year pilot phase:
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