#PeatConf21: Day 1

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#PeatConf21: Day 1

Conference welcome including Keynote address

#PeatConf21 Conference WelcomeDay 1 – Progress towards UK Peatland Strategy goals, an international perspective and conservation of most readily recoverable peatlands

Opening of the 2021 IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference: Peatlands in partnership - the road to recovery.

  • Welcome to our 11th IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference

Stuart Brooks, National Trust Scotland & IUCN UK National Committee

  • Keynote address

Craig Bennett, The Wildlife Trusts

Clifton Bain, IUCN UK Peatland Programme


Progress towards UK Strategy goals

#PeatConf21 Day 1 Session 2This session shares four country updates on delivering the UK Peatland Strategy goals.

  • 4 Country update: England

Sophie Chapman, DEFRA, Natural England

  • 4 Country update: Northern Ireland

Sara McGuckin, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Environment Division

  • 4 Country update: Scotland

Eilidh Henry & Ben Dipper Scottish Government & Andrew Coupar NatureScot

  • 4 country update: Wales

Pete Jones, Natural Resource Wales

Chaired by Clifton Bain, IUCN UK Peatland Programme


Global peatlands, climate change and biodiversity

#PeatConf21 Day 1 Session 3This session shares international peatland action in the UN Decade of Restoration, the role of peatlands as a nature-based solution and UK peatlands in the climate crisis.  

  • International peatland action in the UN Decade of Restoration

Dianna Kopansky, Global Peatlands Initiative (GPI), UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • The role of UK peatlands in climate mitigation

Stewart Maginnis, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • The roles of UK peatlands in the climate crisis

Ian Crosher, Natural England

Chaired by Stuart BrooksNational Trust Scotland & IUCN UK National Committee


Conserving and enhancing the most readily recoverable peatlands

#PeatConf21: Day 1 Session 4This session shares examples of work to conserve and enhance the most near natural & readily recoverable peatlands from across UK peatland habitats. 

  • Conserve, restore and enhance remnant peatlands - an overview

Iain Diack, Natural England

  • The Flow Country: Moving Towards UNESCO World Heritage Status

Steven Andrews, Highland Council

  • Conserving & enhancing fenland in Northern Ireland

Trish Fox, Ulster Wildlife Trust

  • Conserving & enhancing lowland raised bogs in Wales

Patrick Green, New LIFE for Welsh Raised Bogs

Chaired by Andrew McBride, Land and Habitats


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