New Year Honours for peatland specialist

January 3, 2024

Peter JonesNatural Resources Wales’ (NRW) senior peatland specialist, Dr Peter Jones, has been named an honouree in the King’s New Year Honours list. He was awarded an MBE for services to Welsh peatlands and to the community in Wales.

Well-known to many in IUCN UK Peatland Programme's network, Peter Jones is NRW’s Senior Specialist Advisor and Policy lead for the National Peatland Action Programme. With an illustrious career spanning over twenty-seven years, he has played a pivotal role in advancing understanding of peatland ecosystems and advocating for their protection in Wales.

Pete was instrumental in establishing the National Peatland Action Programme which is being delivered by NRW and funded by Welsh Government and which, with the support of many partners, restores peatlands across Wales to help address the nature and climate emergencies.

Recalling when he received his letter telling him he had been awarded the honour, Pete said: “It was completely unexpected; it doesn’t feel real and I am very humbled by it. I am just one of many committed people at NRW working to safeguard and improve our wonderful peatland resource and the wider Welsh environment.”

 

Clare Pillman, NRW’s Chief Executive added: "I am delighted that Pete has received this honour as it acknowledges the importance of working for the environment to our society. He has dedicated his career to understanding, restoring and promoting our understanding of peatlands.”

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