'Investing in Peatlands: Demonstrating Success' Symposium 2012

Joint British Ecological Society and IUCN UK Peatland Programme Symposium

Bangor University, Wales

26 - 28 June 2012

Peatlands are hotspots for biodiversity and ecosystem service provision. They are priority ecosystems for action under international agreements dealing with climate change and biodiversity. This international symposium will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and debate the importance of peatlands and peatland restoration from an ecological, social and economic perspective.

The symposium will assess how peatland restoration can safeguard biodiversity and deliver ecosystem services, such as climate and water regulation or preserving knowledge archives, and how challenges in knowledge gaps can be addressed. We will showcase successful restoration partnerships, discuss how socio-economic tools can help to embed peatland conservation in practice and policy, and evaluate how an ecosystem approach can be applied in peatland restoration to integrate conservation, business and policy.

The conference will be a meeting place to exchange ideas, form new partnerships and join a strong peatland science-policy-practice community. Presenters come from landscape peatland restoration projects, research institutions, government and non-government organisations and industry. Networking opportunities will include a welcome mixer, a conference dinner and a Welsh twmpath in the beautiful Pritchard-Jones Hall to get everyone up and dancing! A range of fieldtrips will showcase successful science-policy-practice interfaces of restoration projects and allow for further networking.

This joint BES/IUCN symposium is organised by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and supported by the Country Council for Wales, CEH Bangor, Anglesey and Llyn Fens LIFE Project, the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

For more information visit the BES website.

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