Protecting Peatlands

Image: Ranoch Moor
© Derek Fergusson

Protecting Peatlands

Peatlands have a broad range of influences with different sectors of the land managing community pursuing their own objectives whether upland livestock farmers, lowland arable producers, water companies, sporting estates or nature conservation bodies. Others are interested in peatlands for recreation, cultural history or for some, their climate change role. A strategic approach is required to help address the different pressures and demands to secure the best long term solution for society in a way that takes account of these multiple interests.

Action taken now will avoid far greater costs to society in future. Such an important resource requires responsible management if we are to optimise the benefits and avoid the hugely damaging social and economic costs of environmental degradation. Securing the long term future of our peatlands and the vital services they provide, particularly in the face of an already changing climate, will be achievable if we take a strategic approach, as recommended by IUCN Resolution 043 “Securing the future for global peatlands”.
 

Below: 10 strategic actions for peatlands as identified by the UN FAO and Wetlands International (UK Peatland Strategy)

Strategic actions for protecting pealtands

 

South West Peatland Partnership vacancies
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Reflections from the UNFCCC COP26 Peatland PavilionThe first COP26 Peatland Pavilion stood out as one of only a handful of thematic pavilions and one…
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'The Peatlands of Britain and Ireland' by Clifton BainThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme's Clifton Bain completes his trilogy with this look at the Peatlands…
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Climate change and UK birds – a focus on peatlandsIn early November, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) launched a new report on the impacts of…
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The importance of peatlands in protecting urban areas in a warming worldGreater Manchester was chosen by the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative to serve a three-year…
Dawn at Marches Mosses by Stephen Barlow
Marches Mosses marks 30-year milestone in fight against climate change An internationally important lowland raised peat bog between England and Wales celebrates its 30th…
Virtual Peatland Pavilion
Virtual Peatland Pavilion for COP26 UNFCCCWe are delighted to launch a new dome in the Virtual Peatland Pavilion for COP26 UNFCCC.