Investing in Peatlands: Partnership for a New Peatland Era 2013 Conference

The latest 'Investing in Peatlands' Conference organised by the IUCN UK National Committee Peatland Programme is set for 10th -12th September 2013 at York University.

The fourth in the series of conferences, this year's theme is 'Partnership for a New Peatland Era' and will explore how the conservation, government and business sectors come together to meet the challenge of restoring a million hectares of peatlands through partnership approaches. The conference will highlight examples of good practice, identify barriers that still need to be broken down and highlight opportunities for taking forward partnership action both in the UK and internationally.

Outline programme correct as of 21.03.13 - Please download the PDF version of the programme for more detail about speakers etc.

Tuesday 10th September 2013

13:00 - Welcome
13:15 - Session One:
Economic/Commerical opportunities for restoring and conserving peatlands. Exploring the potential for business to help fund peatland work and consider implications from a land managers perspective.
15:45 - Session Two: Public policy funding in support of peatland restoration and conservation. How does peatland fit with policy priorities internationally and in the UK. What benefits can be gained from public funding of peatlands.
17:30 - Poster Session Highlighting Research and Partnership Approaches to Delivering Peatland and Restoration
19:30 - Evening dinner and presentation with Liz Barber, Director of Finance, Yorkshire Water


Wednesday 11th September 2013
9:00 - Welcome
9:05 - Session one:
Taking action to deliver peatland objectives
Workshop Sessions - two rounds of 45 minutes workshops
9:25 - Round One of Workshops
Workshop One
- Carbon Research on Peatlands - Explore opportunities for coordinating current reasearch to help with Govt GHG reporting on Peatlands and development of the Peatland Code.
Workshop Two -  Opportunities and hurdles for water
Workshop Three -  International Peatland Projects - Demonstrating Success Booklet
10:15 -Round Two of Workshops
Workshop Four - 
Ecosystem Service Pilots (PES) - Uplands and Lowland peatland opportunities for funding and lessons learned from PES pilot project
Workshop Five -  Ecological perspectives on restoration
Workshop Six -  Partnership working - opportunities and hurdles
11:00 -  Refreshments and prepare for field trips
11:30 - Field trips - choose from may Moss, Thorne and Hatfield Moor and Askham Bog
16:00 - Field trips finish
16:00 - 19:00 - Period of Leisure
19:15 -  Meet for collection for dinner
19:30 - Evening Civic Formal Reception with speech from Sherriff Mayor


Thursday 12th September 2013

9:30 - Welcome
Session: Building knowledge and putting in place the mechanisms to deliver
12:20 - Closing remarks
12:35 - Close of conference

Poster session: Research and Partnerships for Peatland Restoration
A poster session will run from 17:00 - 18:30 on 10th September on research and partnership for peatland restoration. To ensure high attendance and a relaxed atmosphere in which to connect with other delegates around your poster topic, a peatland themed guest beer will be provided at all delegates attending the session. Presenters are expected to be available to answer questions from delegates next to their posters for the duration of the poster session.

Submission: If you would like to present a poster, please submit your poster title when you register for the event. Posters will be screened for relevance (but will not be subject to a full review process). You should assume that your poster has been accepted for the event unless you are contacted to discuss concerns over relevance.



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