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

 

Land use: policies for a Net Zero UK CCC report
Committee on Climate Change Report on Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UKThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme welcomes strengthened policy and legislative recommendations in the…
Multiple effects of peatland drainage
New resource available: Explaining the impact of peatland drainage.Illustrating the multiple effects of peatland drainage including implications for carbon emissions…
Managed burning of heather © North Pennines AONB
A burning issue: comparison between Australian & UK fire management misses the mark. The news of the ongoing Australian fires is deeply concerning both in terms of the impact on people…
IUCN Resolution 43 reporting
IUCN Resolution 43 reportingNew report on progress under IUCN Resolution 43: Securing the future of global peatlands available…
Langlands Moss Restoration works underway
Langlands Moss Restoration works underwayLanglands Moss Local Nature Reserve, on the south edge of East Kilbride, Scotland is set to be…
Snowdonia Society volunteers creating heather bale dams on the Migneint, Snowdonia. © Dan Struthers Photography
Working together for the future of Welsh peatlandsA major programme of works is underway this season to restore peatlands across Wales. A large…
European Peatland Strategies workshop - Bonn, Germany
European Peatland Strategies workshop - Bonn, Germany Over 30 representatives from across 12 European countries attended a workshop to examine existing…
Bog cotton landscape © Stephen Price
Peatlands and the climate emergency2019 has seen all four devolved governments across the UK declare a climate emergency which will…
Richard Payne
A tribute to Richard Payne The IUCN UK Peatlands Programme team were all saddened to hear the shocking news about the death of…
Image of sphagnum in pool © Joe Holden
Sphagnum is a key ingredient of natural flood managementIn 2008 iCASP published research that showed how water running over Sphagnum on blanket peatlands…
Image of V-notch in ply-sheet dam © Emma Shuttleworth
Peat restoration and natural flood managementThe Upland Environments Research Unit at the University of Manchester has been working closely with…
Image of bog vegetation © Dom Hinchley
New edition of Conserving Bogs: The Management HandbookA new edition of Conserving Bogs: The Management Handbook is now available. Conserving Bogs: The…