The Peatland Pavilion, co-developed by the Global Peatlands Initiative, Wetlands International, University of East London, Greifswald Mire Centre, IUCN UK Peatlands Programme, United Nations Environment Programme and others will provide a hub for highlighting the important role that peatlands play around the globe at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 26th Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP26) in Glasgow this November.
The Peatlands Pavilion will provide a hub for networking and the creation of new ideas, commitments, and collaboration. The Peatlands Pavilion will also be a hub where Ministers, climate negotiators, peatlands experts and enthusiasts from around the world come together to exchange their knowledge and experiences on peatlands policy, practice, research, and innovation at COP26 and virtually in a Peatlands Virtual Pavilion.This reflects growing international recognition of the importance of peatlands and their role as major global stores of soil carbon but also, in their damaged state, as large sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Pavilion will host a broad range of side events and daily networking events to stimulate discussion and urgent action around key thematic areas linked to the negotiations and advocating the importance of peatlands as a key nature-based solution. Events will aim to facilitate multi-sectoral dialogue by emphasizing inclusive networking and participation of audiences including: party delegates, observers, scientists, business, civil society, youth groups and other participants.
Organisations and individuals who have contributed suggested content to the developing Peatland Pavilion programme will be contacted individually in due course with further details.
The Peatland Pavilion will include a physical pavilion and a connected and complementary virtual pavilion. If the COVID-19 situation doesn’t allow us to meet in person at all, we will put all efforts into bringing everyone together with this dynamic virtual pavilion beautifully designed by Richard Lindsay and his colleagues at University of East London (UEL). Take a virtual tour and feel free to provide any insights and contributions as we build this one of a kind Peatlands Pavilion.