#PeatConf21: Day 4

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#PeatConf21: Day 4

Sustainable peatland management in action

#PeatConf21: Day 4 WelcomeDay 4 - Sustainable peatland management - conserving & rehabilitating peatlands so that they function fully does not mean that these areas become off-limits to economic activity

This session explores the sustainable management of peat soils followed by examples of sustainable peatland management across Yorkshire Water, the Outer Hebrides and the South West of England.  

  • Welcome to Day 4 of the conference

Rachael Bice, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

  • Keynote address: Sustainable management of peat soils

Jordan Stanley, Defra & Robert Caudwell

  • Sustainable peatland management across Yorkshire Water

Andrew Walker, Yorkshire Water

  • Sustainable peatland management on the Outer Hebrides

Benjamin Inglis-Grant, Carloway Estate Trust, Peatland Action, NatureScot

  • Sustainable peatland management in South West England

Morag Angus, South West Peatland Partnership

Chaired by Rachel Bice, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Risks to sustainable peatland conservation & management

#PeatConf21: Day 4 Session 2This session explores risks to delivering sustainable management including overlooking the historic environment; the role of finance for payment for public goods and the risks and opportunities associated with competing land use including forestry and renewable energy.

  • Forgetting about the Historic Environment - Sustainability & Archaeology

Ben Gearey, University College Cork

  • Blended finance driving private investment in peatlands

Brendan Turvey, NatureScot & Naomi Oakley, Natural England

  • Competing land use: renewable resources - forestry

Clifton Bain, IUCN UK Peatland Programme

  • Windfarms and peatland issues for planning

Louise Guniston, RSPB

  • Peatlands and windfarms 

Peter Robson, Scottish Power Renewables


Peatlands, climate change, adaptation and risk management

#PeatConf21: Day 4 Session 3This session explores the climate change risks to peatlands in the UK as well as the role of peatlands in risk management associated with wild fires, natural flood management and slope stability. 

  • Climate change risks to peatlands in the UK

Kathryn Brown, The Wildlife Trusts

  • How does land management influence FIre REsiliences and carbon fate in BLANKET bogs? The FIREBLANKET Project

Roxane Andersen, University of the Highlands and Islands

  • Collating an evidence base for wildfires across the South Pennine Moors SAC

Chris Fry & Paul Titterton, Moors for the Future Partnership

  • Risk management - natural flood management 

Julie Foley, Environment Agency

  • Risk management - slope stability

Richard Lindsay, University of East London

Chaired by Sarah Proctor, IUCN UK Peatland Programme


Continuing on the road to recovery - COP 26 & COP15 peatland positioning

Sandeep SanguptaThis session shares a motivational round-up of international action for peatlands including positioning peatlands at COP26 and COP15. 

  • Sandeep Sangupta, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Tobias Salathe, The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance
  • Hans Schutten, Wetlands International
  • Hans Joosten, Griefswald University 
  • Dianna Kopansky, Global Peatlands Initiative (GPI), UN Environment Programme (UNEP)


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