Welsh Peatlands Project (Sustainable Management Scheme)
This is a pan-Wales project, with a focus on tackling some of the most ‘difficult-to-do’ areas of peatland restoration, including:
- Sustainable management of lowland peatlands
- Sustainable management of Molinia dominated upland peatlands
- Peat soil erosion
- Peatland drainage
- Sustainable management of heather dominated blanket mire
- Afforested peat
- Peat heavily modified by agriculture
This project will deliver the following outputs:
- A prioritisation tool and implementation strategy for the appropriate targeting of restoration effort for achieving multiple environmental benefits based on SMNR, and to match delivery mechanisms to outcomes.
- A Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) strategy for Welsh peatlands which matches funding streams to projects through engagement with the Pumlumon PES Pioneers Collaborative Learning Group.
- A programme of restoration action focussing on the core ‘difficult-to-do’ areas of lowland peatlands, Molinia dominated upland peatlands, peat erosion, drainage, and heavily modified peatlands.
- 10 fully costed and validated Peatland Code projects available for investment.
- A range of funding bids for restoring peatlands for multiple environmental benefits.
- An engagement plan for securing private sector investment in peatland restoration in Wales and formation of a private sector sponsor panel to act as champions for PES investment across the Welsh private sector.
- Development of training and delivery of a standards charter for peatland restoration in Wales to ensure application of best practice in all aspects of planning, delivery, monitoring and outcomes.
- Development of engagement and interpretation tools to increase awareness of peatlands among local communities.
- A comprehensive monitoring and evaluation programme which contributes to existing national monitoring effort whilst developing an expanded evidence programme for Welsh peatlands.
- A research platform for peatlands that enables better coordination of research efforts.
- Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
- Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- IUCN UK Peatland Programme
- Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
- National Trust
- Natural Resources Wales
- Swansea University
Project Name: Welsh Peatlands Project (Sustainable Management Scheme)
Organisation / Lead partner: Snowdonia National Park Authority
Approximate area covered: 700 ha
Peat Habitats: Lowland raised bog, Blanket bog, Lowland heath, Upland heath
Project Type: Restoration, Management, Research, Communications, Citizen science/ community engagement.
Year Project Began: 2017
Project End Date: 2020