Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands Update 2017-20

Three tussocks in a bog © Pete Rose

Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands Update 2017-20

8 years on from the initial inquiry, there have been significant changes in government and policy and the original 2011 report is in need of an update. 

Not forgetting the huge body of work that was done in 2011 to bring consensus - many of the key findings and recommendations still stand and will be re-iterated. But where changes have been made or new issues arise there is a need to set the current peatland story in an updated context.

The aim of the updated COI is to refresh the evidence base and ultimately support the big, long-term funding and policy discussions that are underway. The Updated report will be out in time to inform the next government spending review.

 

The six scientific topic reports, the findings of which will feed into the main Commission of Inquiry report alongside wider practical and policy contexts, have been summarised by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and made available at the 2019 IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference. They are also available for download below: 

See summary reports above & full reports at the bottom of this page

We aim to publish the main report in 2020. This will be followed by an event to explore how best to disseminate key messages to broad audiences, details of which will be made available here. The Inquiry report and key messages will also be shared with parliamentary officials and civil servants at receptions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

If you wish to help support the production of the main report we welcome suggestions for the policy and research recommendations included in the report. Please submit answers to the following questions to emma.goodyer@iucn.org.uk:

a)    What, in your view, are the current policy failures, conflicts or gaps in relation to UK peatlands?

b)    What, in your view, are the key research questions and evidence needs in relation to UK peatlands? 

c)    What would help to support you in your role to further the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of UK peatlands?
 

 

Sphagnum moss harvesting at trial site, Greifswald Mire Centre © Tobias Dahms
Wet agriculture - a tool in the climate action toolboxWith the urgent need to reduce our carbon emissions wherever possible, complimenting traditional…
Money for peatland restoration
Budget announcements for UK peatland restoration Peatlands received a welcome funding boost in the UK Budget 2020.  In a move to support the…
Peatlands in the EU post CAP
Peatlands in the UK beyond Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)The IUCN UK Peatland Programme continues to feed into the international peatland agenda, recently…
Afforested peatland restoration at Forsinard  © Neil Cowie/RSPB
Peatland & Trees position statement releasedThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme have released a position statement and recommendations on Trees on…
Caithness Wildfire, 2019 © Paul Turner
Burning & Peatlands Position StatementThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme have updated our position statement on Burning and Peatlands which…
Dubh lochans and blanket bog at The Flows NNR near Forsinard, Caithness. June 2011 ©Lorne Gill/SNH/2020VISION
Scottish Budget 2020-21The Scottish Government announces £20 million for peatland restoration and a commitment to invest £…
Land use: policies for a Net Zero UK CCC report
Committee on Climate Change Report on Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UKThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme welcomes strengthened policy and legislative recommendations in the…
Multiple effects of peatland drainage
New resource available: Explaining the impact of peatland drainage.Illustrating the multiple effects of peatland drainage including implications for carbon emissions…
Managed burning of heather © North Pennines AONB
A burning issue: comparison between Australian & UK fire management misses the mark. The news of the ongoing Australian fires is deeply concerning both in terms of the impact on people…
IUCN Resolution 43 reporting
IUCN Resolution 43 reportingNew report on progress under IUCN Resolution 43: Securing the future of global peatlands available…
Langlands Moss Restoration works underway
Langlands Moss Restoration works underwayLanglands Moss Local Nature Reserve, on the south edge of East Kilbride, Scotland is set to be…
Snowdonia Society volunteers creating heather bale dams on the Migneint, Snowdonia. © Dan Struthers Photography
Working together for the future of Welsh peatlandsA major programme of works is underway this season to restore peatlands across Wales. A large…