Our Team

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Our Team

Clifton Bain - Director

Clifton Bain

 

Clifton Bain is the Director of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, based in Edinburgh, which is raising awareness of the multiple benefits of peatlands.

Clifton is a Zoology graduate of Aberdeen University with over 25 years’ experience in wildlife conservation having worked mainly for the RSPB on biodiversity, climate change and forestry policy. As a keen hillwalker Clifton has also published books on visiting ancient woodlands and a forthcoming one on peatlands

 

 


Emma Goodyer - Programme Manager

Emma Goodyer, Programme ManagerPeatland ecosystems have been a major focus for Emma since 2009 when she studied for a PhD, during which she investigated the drivers of community structure of a group of green algae (desmids) in intact and restored blanket bog habitats. She then went on to work as a wetland ecologist, predominantly in Scotland, for Scotland's environmental regulator (SEPA). During her time with SEPA, Emma advised on the environmental impacts of developments on wetlands, as well as drafting policy and guidance to support wetland protection.

Emma is enjoying being part of the broad and applied nature of the work that the IUCN UK PP delivers. Her main focus is on the translation of scientific evidence to policy and conservation guidance, as well as managing the  day-to-day running of the programme.

 

Sarah Proctor - Communications Manager

Sarah Proctor

 

Sarah joined the IUCN UK PP from Moors for the Future Partnership where she worked as a Science Project Manager, latterly on the award winning Community Science project.

Sarah has field research experience in Sumatra, Madagascar and the UK which she gained after completing her Master of Research in Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of York. Sarah has over 10 years experience of working for nature conservation and is primarily focussed on promoting education and engagement to ensure long-term conservation outcomes. 

 

 

Mark Reed - Research LeadMark Reed

Mark Reed is Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation at Newcastle University, specialising in environmental governance in peatlands. He has over 150 publications that have been cited over 18,000 times and has led 18 projects as Principal Investigator worth a total of £3.8M (two worth >£1M) and contributed to a further 27 projects as Co-I, Work Package leader or equivalent, in projects worth over £30M. He is a member of IUCN’s international Committee on Ecosystem Management and he led research that contributed to the development of the Peatland Code. Find out more about his work here

 

 

Richard Lindsay - Senior Research Advisor

Richard Lindsay

 

Richard Lindsay is Head of Environmental and Conservation Research in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), University of East London (UEL).  For 20 years he was Senior Peatland Specialist in the Nature Conservancy Council and subsequently in Scottish Natural Heritage.  During this time he was involved in various high-profile conservation cases, including the battle for the Flow Country in northern Scotland.  On leaving SNH in 1996, Richard joined the University of East London.  For 16 years he was also Chairman of the International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG), the international network of peatland specialists who provide advice about peatland conservation issues.

Sphagnum moss harvesting at trial site, Greifswald Mire Centre © Tobias Dahms
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Money for peatland restoration
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Peatlands in the EU post CAP
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Afforested peatland restoration at Forsinard  © Neil Cowie/RSPB
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Caithness Wildfire, 2019 © Paul Turner
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Dubh lochans and blanket bog at The Flows NNR near Forsinard, Caithness. June 2011 ©Lorne Gill/SNH/2020VISION
Scottish Budget 2020-21The Scottish Government announces £20 million for peatland restoration and a commitment to invest £…
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
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Managed burning of heather © North Pennines AONB
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IUCN Resolution 43 reporting
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Langlands Moss Restoration works underway
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Snowdonia Society volunteers creating heather bale dams on the Migneint, Snowdonia. © Dan Struthers Photography
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