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It is in everyone’s interest for peatlands to be in a healthy state. Peatland restoration is not only an internationally recognised and cost effective way to tackle climate change. Local communities, farmers and crofters, sporting estates and other land managers can also benefit from improving peatland condition; avoiding erosion and preventing the problems damaged peatlands bring for livestock, game, wildlife, landscape, access, water supply and climate.
A Commission of Inquiry on peatlands identified a potential for one million hectares to be in good condition or under restoration management by 2020. We believe this presents significant opportunities for the business community to help meet an urgent funding need that demonstrates tangible, positive environmental results to UK stakeholders and customers.
By funding Peatland Code projects, businesses will have an opportunity to further enhance their brand integrity and value, deliver corporate sustainability objectives and contribute strategically to the long-term protection and enhancement of the UK natural environment.
Defra’s Ecosystem Markets Taskforce describes the UK Peatland Code concept as:
“A logical next step for the carbon market, in line with recent global and EU trends towards regionalisation of carbon markets. [A UK Peatland Code] would deliver significant resources to restore peatlands which are among the UK’s most degraded habitats.”
Action now to invest in peatlands will avoid far greater cost to businesses and wider society in future with the Peatland Code providing a robust mechanism for those wishing to do so.
Browse sponsorship opportunities from the Peatland Alliance.