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The Peatland Code is a voluntary standard for UK peatland projects wishing to market the climate benefit of restoration. The current version of the Peatland Code (version 1.1) and associated documents were published in March 2017 following an extensive development process.
The Peatland Code development process began in September 2013 with pilot restoration projects established in south west England, the Lake District and Wales, alongside work with a series of projects under Scottish Government’s Peatland Action programme. Following a Defra funded and commissioned report to develop peatland carbon metrics and financial modelling to enable quantification and valuation of the carbon impacts of peatland restoration Peatland Code version 1.0 was launched in November 2015. This initial version of the Peatland Code proved invaluable in introducing the concept of ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ and stimulated useful discussion within numerous stakeholder groups.
Building upon these discussions and aligning with protocol for Greenhouse Gas project accounting led to the creation of Peatland Code version 1.1 in March 2017. It is to this version that the first Peatland Code projects will be validated/verified against.