About Us

In 2019 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) United Kingdom (UK) Peatland Programme celebrates it's 10th year as a partnership.

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About Us

"The IUCN is a powerful Union for sustaining life and livelihoods
IUCN is a democratic membership Union which brings together the world’s most influential organisations in a combined effort to conserve nature and accelerate the transition to sustainable development."
  IUCN, 2019

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The IUCN UK Peatland Project is one of several projects governed by the IUCN National Committee UK

The IUCN UK PP is one project under the IUCN National Committee UK

 

The IUCN UK Peatland Programme was set up in 2009 to promote peatland restoration in the UK. The Programme advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice. 

Our work

    •    Provides a focus for peatland research and management
    •    Offers credible messages for decision makers
    •    Facilitates consensus building and knowledge exchange
    •    Highlights the benefits and values of peatland ecosystem services
 

Programme objectives

  1. Inform policy and legislation at international, EU, UK and devolved country level to ensure effective conservation and restoration of peatlands and secure long term funding and regulatory support for the sustainable management of peatlands.
  2. Champion peatlands and their plight to decision makers and the public by promoting their environmental, social, cultural and economic values.
  3. Improve knowledge and understanding of peatland conditions and their functions, particularly in relation to greenhouse gas emissions and water management.
  4. Improve information sharing and knowledge exchange within the community of peatland practitioners, policy makers and researchers.
  5. Promote good practice within industry, the private landowning and business sector to help conserve peatlands and identify the economic opportunities for the private sector from peatland restoration.
Dubh lochans and blanket bog at The Flows NNR near Forsinard, Caithness. June 2011 ©Lorne Gill/SNH/2020VISION
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Land use: policies for a Net Zero UK CCC report
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New resource available: Explaining the impact of peatland drainage.Illustrating the multiple effects of peatland drainage including implications for carbon emissions…
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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
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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…
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Richard Payne
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Peat restoration and natural flood managementThe Upland Environments Research Unit at the University of Manchester has been working closely with…