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Find the latest briefings and reports from the IUCN UK Peatland Programme.

Updated Edition of Conserving Bogs: The Management Handbook

Conserving Bogs: The Management Handbook

Conserving Bogs: The Management Handbook is a practical manual: a cookbook of methods and techniques to help people effectively manage and conserve bogs. This new edition has been updated to reflect advances and evolution in both understanding and techniques. 

The good news is that not only can intact peatlands be conserved but damaged ones be restored, in the process realising many benefits. In the pages that follow readers can find out about the ways in which it is possible to place peatlands on the road to recovery, reversing the effects of centuries of ignorance as to their true value.” Dr. Tony Juniper CBE, 2019.


Commission of Inquiry

The Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands was set up to produce an authoritative set of reports assessing the science on key areas of relevance to policy makers. The findings represent the culmination of 18 months of collaboration between peatland experts from land management, science and policy from across the UK, and revealed the enormous importance of our peatlands for people and wildlife. 

Demonstrating Success

IUCN UK Peatland Programme Demonstrating Success Booklet series showcase successful peatland restoration projects from across the UK and Internationally. Now published - Global Peatland Restoration: Demonstrating Success - available for download.


| 28 Sep 2017
BogFest 2017: Peatland Finance

Peatland finance sessions focused on how peatland restoration and management might be funded post-Brexit with discussions around new nature economies and what a new agricultural subsidy scheme might look like. Most of these sessions took place on Day One, Thursday 21st September, with 1-2-1 surgery sessions on Day Two and Three. A couple of the presentations related to this topic can be downloaded below.

| 28 Sep 2017
BogFest 2017: Peatland Communications

Communications, as is its nature, had a place in each of the sessions, however focussed sessions were held on Day Three, Saturday 23rd September. These included lecture sessions from experts and a workshop to enable partners to input into future plans for public and policy engagement by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and its partners. In addition talks were given on the cultural value of peatlands, demonstrating a connection through the ages.

| 28 Sep 2017
BogFest 2017: Peatland Policy

Policy-related sessions were dotted throughout the programme, with a particular focus on the UK Peatland Strategy and Country Action plans on Day One (Thursday 21st September), along with a Question Time session around upland issues.

| 28 Sep 2017
BogFest 2017: Peatland Science

Sessions loosely fitting under the topic heading peatland science were held across the three days, although many of these sessions interlinked with headings above. These included sessions providing an update on current scientific understanding, advances in monitoring techniques, as well as an overview of global peatlands today for which renowned peatland scientists, Prof. Hans Joosten (Greifswald Mire Centre), Prof. Susan Page (University of Leicester) and Prof. Mark Reed (University of Newcastle) provided presentations. Some of these presentations can be downloaded below.

| 28 Sep 2017
BogFest 2017: Report and Event Statistics

Thank you to all that joined the Moors for the Future Partnership (MFFP) and IUCN UK Peatland Programme (IUCN UK PP) team’s for BogFest 2017. It was a delight to welcome so many enthusiastic delegates and share in your experience and knowledge. For those that were unable to join us BogFest 2017 was a joint MFFP and IUCN UK PP conference, hosted by the MoorLIFE2020 project in Edale. It was funded by EU LIFE and co-financed by Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and United Utilities.

| 27 Sep 2017
BogFest 2017: Posters

Please find below a selection of posters that were displayed at BogFEST 2017. Thank you to the authors of these posters for allowing us to share them. If you have any questions about any of the information displayed below please contact us at info@iucn.org.uk and we will forward your enquiry on to the original author.

| 19 Sep 2017
Communications Strategy 2016-2018

Please find the IUCN UK Peatland Programme's Communications Strategy 2016-2018 to download below. This document is supported by work plans for the various streams it includes. To find out more please contact Communications Manager, Joanna Richards (joanna.richards@iucn.org.uk).

| 15 May 2017
Position Paper: Burning and Peatlands

The topic of burning was a key consideration in the IUCN UK Peatland Programme (IUCN UK PP) Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands (Bain et al. 2011) and led to a summary briefing on Burning on Peatlands.