Don't miss our 'Measuring biodiversity: from principles to practice' webinar!

February 20, 2024

Sphagnum pulchrum © Brian EvershamDon't miss our 'Measuring biodiversity: from principles to practice' webinar on Tuesday 26 March 13:30 - 15:15!

The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are two of the biggest threats facing humanity and the many species with which we share our planet, and on which we depend. Accurate and reliable assessment of biodiversity is critical to understanding our impact on the natural world and how to achieve ecosystem recovery. 

Join the IUCN UK Peatland Programme for this free webinar as we explore traditional and technological approaches to measuring biodiversity and how they are being applied in restoring and conserving our precious peatlands.  

Speakers: 

Brian Eversham, CEO of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire 

Brian will introduce some of the fascinating organisms that call peatlands home, and the importance of identification skills and training for successful conservation.

Jenna Lawson, Ecological Network Coordinator at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology 

Jenna will explain the emerging techniques being used in biodiversity assessment, and the pros and cons of these technological approaches.

Nathan Thomas, Project Development and Community Engagement Officer at Lancashire Peat Partnership 

Nathan will discuss the Lancashire Peat Partnership’s approaches to biodiversity assessment and their experience of emerging techniques for planning and monitoring peatland restoration. 

Jessica Gauld, PhD student in peatland palaeoecology at the University of Manchester 

Jessica will introduce the science of palaeoecology and the importance of collaborative methods in maximising the impact of this type of research for contemporary conservation.

Joe Anderson, Biodiversity Crediting Project Officer at the IUCN UK Peatland Programme  

Joe will share current progress in developing a biodiversity crediting process for the Peatland Code, the IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s voluntary carbon finance standard.

The talks will be followed by a Q&A session with all the speakers. 

Register for the webinar here. 

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