'Investing in Peatlands - Delivering Multiple Benefits' Conference

University of Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA

Monday 20- Wednesday 22 June 2011

The focus of our second annual Conference is on securing peatland ecosystem service benefits through different funding opportunities.

Programme highlights include keynotes from Prof Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen; Sir Graham Wynne, Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee; Micheal O’Briain, Natura 2000, EU Commission; and Prof Nick Hanley, University of Stirling.

View a detailed programme here.

Download full conference information here.

Registration is now closed


Sessions will discuss major national and international market and regulatory mechanisms and consider present and future opportunities for better targeting of resources to help deliver functioning peatlands. 

The findings of our Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands will be launched at the conference, and will provide a central steer for discussion. 

The event will provide an opportunity to showcase current advances in research, practice and policy to help secure funds for peatland conservation and restoration.  It will also be of interest to scientists in the fields of climate change, water and biodiversity, looking to identify the future drivers for peatland research.

The conference will be a meeting place to exchange ideas, form new partnerships and join a strong peatland community. Networking opportunities include a welcome lecture and mixer on Monday evening, a conference dinner and ceilidh on Tuesday and a choice of field trips on Wednesday afternoon.

The stunning University of Stirling campus has world class sports and leisure facilities on site, and is within easy reach of walks in the Ochils and the nearby Wallace monument. Download a campus visitor guide.

Call for posters

We particularly welcome the submission of posters that show how peatland restoration is funded through innovative partnerships or novel funding routes. We are also interested to see how peatland restoration has both enhanced natural capital and helped rural economy development.

Please enter the details of your poster when you register online. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis.


If you have any queries about the Conference email us.


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