Peatland Code Governance

How is the Peatland Code managed and how was it developed?

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Peatland Code Governance

The Peatland Code and associated documents were published in March 2017 following an extensive development process which began in September 2013. It is issued by the IUCN UK National Committee and is managed on its behalf by an Executive Board. The Executive Board is facilitated by IUCN UK Peatland Programme staff and supported by a Technical Advisory Board including additional stakeholder groups, when required. 

The Peatland Code story so far... 

  • 2013 - Pilot restoration projects established
  • 2015 - Peatland Code version 1.0 (concept only) launched following Defra funded and commissioned report to develop peatland carbon metrics and financial modelling to enable quantification and valuation of the carbon impacts of peatland. 
  • 2017 - Peatland Code v1.1 launched and certification body appointed.
  • 2018 - First Peatland Code validation awarded
  • 2020 - UK Land Carbon Registry launched

The Executive Board

The Executive Board makes all management decisions regarding the Peatland Code on behalf of the IUCN UK National Committee and is responsible for strategic development of the Peatland Code in line with the objectives of the IUCN UK National Committee Peatland Programme.

Members:

  • Paul Vaight, IUCN UK Peatland Programme - Steering Group
  • Stuart Brooks, IUCN UK National Committee - Chair
  • Vicky West, UK Woodland Carbon Code - Manager
  • Renée Kerkvliet Hermans, IUCN UK Peatland Programme - Peatland Code Co-ordinator
  • Mark Reed, Scotland's Rural College / IUCN UK Peatland Programme - Steering Group
  • Sarah Proctor, IUCN UK Peatland Programme - Programme Lead (Acting)

Peatland Code Technical Advisory Board

The Technical Advisory Board provides technical oversight and recommendations to the Peatland Code Executive Board. The Technical Advisory Board will take into consideration any recommendation for change relevant to the Peatland Code. Submissions for discussion should be sent to renee.kerkvliet-hermans@iucn.org.uk.

Members:

  • David Middleton, Defra
  • Peter Jones, National Resources Wales
  • Andrew Coupar, NatureScot
  • Vicky West, Forestry Commission - Woodland Carbon Code
  • Diane Duncan, Highland and Island Enterprise
  • Ceris Jones, National Farmer's Union
  • Alexa Morison, Scottish Parliament Information Centre
  • Stephen Corcoran, National Parks Authority - Cairngorms National Park
  • Chris Evans, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Paul Leadbitter, North Pennines AONB Partnership
  • David Smith, South West Water
  • Mark Oddy, Independent Consultant - MRICS
  • Tim Thom, Yorkshire Peat Partnership 

Please note: the Technical Advisory Board is currently under review and will be confirmed in Spring 2022. 

Peatland Code Market and Investment Forum

This forum provides a mechanism for feedback, comment and information relating to the Peatland Code’s interaction with the market place to support development whilst retaining distance from parties with a vested interest in directly steering and decision making in relation to the Peatland Code process. The is not a group who formally meet. Interaction is primarily through written communications. 

Membership is open to End Buyers, Brokers and Retail aggregators registered on the Peatland Code IHS Markit registry.  

 

 

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