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Desmids of peatlands © Emma Goodyer

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Peatlands in the UK beyond Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)

April 29, 2020
The IUCN UK Peatland Programme continues to feed into the international peatland agenda, recently supporting a new position paper - ‘Peatlands in the EU- Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) after 2020’ by Greifswald Mire Centre, which sets out the key goals of ensuring future eligibility for wet peatlands to receive payments whilst avoiding any  support for peatland drainage.

Budget announcements for UK peatland restoration

April 29, 2020
Peatlands received a welcome funding boost in the UK Budget 2020.  In a move to support the Governments commitment to tackling biodiversity and the climate change emergencies with a transition towards Net Zero, peatland restoration has been highlighted as a positive investment. Image credit: Scottish Natural Heritage

Wet agriculture - a tool in the climate action toolbox

April 29, 2020
With the urgent need to reduce our carbon emissions wherever possible, complimenting traditional agriculture on drained peatlands with wet farming techniques could help reduce greenhouse gases emitted from damaged peatlands. Image: Sphagnum moss farming site, Greifswald Mire Centre © Tobias Dahms

Peatland & Trees position statement released

April 24, 2020
The IUCN UK Peatland Programme have released a position statement and recommendations on Trees on Peatlands in the UK. Image: Afforested peatland restoration at Forsinard © Neil Cowie/RSPB.

Burning & Peatlands Position Statement

March 31, 2020
The IUCN UK Peatland Programme have updated our position statement on Burning and Peatlands which sets out the precautionary principle and clearly recommends that burning should not occur on peatlands.

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.

Sphagnum moss harvesting at trial site, Greifswald Mire Centre © Tobias Dahms
Wet agriculture - a tool in the climate action toolboxWith the urgent need to reduce our carbon emissions wherever possible, complimenting traditional…
Money for peatland restoration
Budget announcements for UK peatland restoration Peatlands received a welcome funding boost in the UK Budget 2020.  In a move to support the…
Peatlands in the EU post CAP
Peatlands in the UK beyond Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)The IUCN UK Peatland Programme continues to feed into the international peatland agenda, recently…
Afforested peatland restoration at Forsinard  © Neil Cowie/RSPB
Peatland & Trees position statement releasedThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme have released a position statement and recommendations on Trees on…
Caithness Wildfire, 2019 © Paul Turner
Burning & Peatlands Position StatementThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme have updated our position statement on Burning and Peatlands which…
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…