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.
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…
Rob Stoneman at the House of Commons flanked by Rob Brown and Julian Sturdy
Managing the Uplands for Public Benefit House of Commons ReceptionOver 48 representatives from across the peatland community in the UK as well as MPs and Peers…
Large heath butterfly
Peatland biodiversity - butterflies & mothsAt Butterfly Conservation we understand the great value of healthy functioning peatlands for…
Cover of GHG emissions inventory
Inclusion of peatlands in the UK's GHG emissions inventory publishedThe long-awaited report on inclusion of peatlands in the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions…
Marsden Moor fire © BBC News
Record breaking Spring temperatures exacerbate wildfire outbreaks across the UKThe summer heatwave of 2018 was accompanied by wildfires across the UK with a major incident…
Staff from RSPB, Scottish Water and the contractor, McGowan Ltd, discuss the successful works at Moss of Kinmundy
Ugie Peatland Partnership welcomes restoration of local bogBog restoration works are expected to benefit local water quality and nature, as well as contribute…
Delgates at the policy and practice workshop
New initiative to combine data across studies and sites to better inform peatland policy and practice Researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from across Europe, whose goal is to understand better…
Peatland milled for horticulture
Moving towards a future of peat-free productsCheap, usually imported, bags of peat do not reflect the environmental costs to society caused by…