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By utilising the voluntary carbon market, alongside other funding options, restoration can become financially feasible where it previously was not. Many individuals and businesses wish to contribute to restoration and the multiple benefits it provides for society, but, before investing they want to know that a restoration project will deliver the carbon savings that they claim. Peatland Code validation and verification provides this assurance by assessing the project plan, the predicted emissions savings and ensuring restoration is maintained for the duration of the project.

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Peatland Code Validation

Validation is undertaken by an independent body and evaluates the project restoration plan and its predicted GHG emission reduction against the requirements of the Peatland Code. In doing so it determines if implementation of the project plan can be expected to result in the GHG emission reduction claimed.

Validation takes place before restoration activities are implemented to allow the pre-restoration condition of the peatland to be assessed, a key component in calculating the climate benefit of the project.


Peatland Code Verification

Verification is undertaken by an independent body and regularly evaluates the project and its actual GHG emission reduction over the duration of the project against both the requirements of the Peatland Code, and its validated project plan and claimed GHG emissions reduction.

Verification takes place after restoration activities have been undertaken at Year 1, Year 5 and every 10 years following for the duration of the project. Year one verification focuses upon ensuring the project has implemented restoration activities as per the restoration plan. Year 5 verification onwards focuses on ensuring change in peatland condition category has been achieved and maintained. 


Steps to achieving Peatland Code Validation/Verification

  1. Read the Peatland Code and establish eligibility/feasibility
  2. Register the restoration project with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme
  3. Establish and map the baseline condition of peatland within the project area using the Peatland Code Field Protocol
  4. Use the Peatland Code Emissions Calculator to quantify emissions reduction
  5. Produce a Peatland Code compliant restoration plan for the duration of the project
  6. Complete the Peatland Code Project Design Document and assemble additional evidence to demonstrate that the project meets all requirements of the Peatland Code
  7. Apply for validation with an approved validation/verification body
  8. Evaluation undertaken by the validation/verification body
  9. Amend project plan if determined necessary by the validation/verification body
  10. Achieve validation
  11. Source carbon finance
  12. Undertake restoration actions
  13. Apply for verification with an approved validation/verification body
  14. Evaluation undertaken by the validation/verification body
  15. Undertake additional restoration action if determined necessary by the validation/verification body
  16. Achieve verification
  17. Repeat steps 14-16 as per verification schedule for the duration of the project.


The Peatland Code works for everyone involved

  • Carbon buyers have reassurance that they have facilitated a responsible scheme, which will result in additional climate benefits
  • Projects have recognised procedures and standards to work to, and can use their validated/verfied status as a means to market the carbon benefits to potential buyers
  • Society will benefit from enhanced climate mitigation and the restoration of the natural landscape.


What's happening now?

The Peatland Code is seeking projects wishing to become validated. For further detail on eligibility requirements and the process involved please get in touch.


Peatland Code quick eligibility guide

For a project to be eligible for validation/verification to the Peatland Code (at present) the following basic pre-requisites must be met:

  • Peatland must be greater than 50cm in depth
  • Peatland type must be blanket or raised bog
  • Peatland condition must be 'Actively Eroding' or 'Drained'
  • Restoration activities must not include forestry removal
  • Restoration must not be legally or contractually required
  • Project must be able to enter a minimum contract of 30 years
  • Restoration activities must not conflict with any other land management agreements
  • Project must be additional - must require carbon finance to take place

These eligibility requirements are to be used as a quick indication of eligibility only. Full details can be found within the Peatland Code. A project must meet all requirements of the Peatland Code to be considered for validation/verification.

For more information please contact:

Jillian Hoy 


+44131 312 4730