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The IUCN UK Peatland Programme advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice.

Desmids of peatlands © Emma Goodyer

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Scottish Budget 2020-21

February 7, 2020
The Scottish Government announces £20 million for peatland restoration and a commitment to invest £250 million over the next ten years.

Committee on Climate Change Report on Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UK

January 23, 2020
The IUCN UK Peatland Programme welcomes strengthened policy and legislative recommendations in the most recent Committee on Climate Change report for increasing the area of UK peatland under restoration and a move to more sustainable management practices.

New resource available: Explaining the impact of peatland drainage.

January 22, 2020
Illustrating the multiple effects of peatland drainage including implications for carbon emissions.

A burning issue: comparison between Australian & UK fire management misses the mark.

January 10, 2020
The news of the ongoing Australian fires is deeply concerning both in terms of the impact on people, wildlife, the environment and the picture it paints of the risks brought about by changing weather patterns and the global climate crisis. The threat to human lives, disruption to travel as well as the huge financial costs in tackling the fires and dealing with the aftermath deserves urgent international attention. Recent media in the UK has drawn inappropriate comparisons between the management of the fires in Australia and the use of fire in moorland management in the UK.   

IUCN Resolution 43 reporting

December 16, 2019
New report on progress under IUCN Resolution 43: Securing the future of global peatlands available with links to known Peatland Strategies from around the world now available.

Working together for the future of Welsh peatlands

November 28, 2019
A major programme of works is underway this season to restore peatlands across Wales. A large proportion of the 90,000 hectares of peat soils found in Wales are in unfavourable condition, so the Welsh Peatlands Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS) project is working with a host of conservation organisations, landowners, schools and stakeholders to tackle these peatlands and enthuse and educate the next generation. Together we have been working on peatlands across the country to deliver positive action on the ground:

Peatlands and the climate emergency

November 25, 2019
2019 has seen all four devolved governments across the UK declare a clim

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
New resource available: Explaining the impact of peatland drainage.Illustrating the multiple effects of peatland drainage including implications for carbon emissions…
Managed burning of heather © North Pennines AONB
A burning issue: comparison between Australian & UK fire management misses the mark. The news of the ongoing Australian fires is deeply concerning both in terms of the impact on people…
IUCN Resolution 43 reporting
IUCN Resolution 43 reportingNew report on progress under IUCN Resolution 43: Securing the future of global peatlands available…
Langlands Moss Restoration works underway
Langlands Moss Restoration works underwayLanglands Moss Local Nature Reserve, on the south edge of East Kilbride, Scotland is set to be…
Snowdonia Society volunteers creating heather bale dams on the Migneint, Snowdonia. © Dan Struthers Photography
Working together for the future of Welsh peatlandsA major programme of works is underway this season to restore peatlands across Wales. A large…
European Peatland Strategies workshop - Bonn, Germany
European Peatland Strategies workshop - Bonn, Germany Over 30 representatives from across 12 European countries attended a workshop to examine existing…
Bog cotton landscape © Stephen Price
Peatlands and the climate emergency2019 has seen all four devolved governments across the UK declare a climate emergency which will…
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…