Work of the Commission, 2011

Image: Front cover of CoI Report 2011, Sphagnum © Laurie Campbell, Scottish Natural Heritage

Work of the Commission, 2011

The Commission of Inquiry published its final assessment report in November 2011, following 18 months of focused collaboration between peatland experts from land management, science and policy from across the UK.

Open Inquiry

The Commission held an Open Inquiry event at the University of Edinburgh in November 2010. Expert witnesses were quizzed by the Core Panel, and input from the audience was also considered.

You can download the written evidence submitted to the Inquiry here, and a transcript of oral evidence given at the Inquiry here.

Investing in Peatlands Conferences

The Programme is running a series of 'Investing in Peatlands' annual conferences which focus on aspects of the Commission of Inquiry's work, and provide a platform to bring together experts from science, policy and practice.

 

Technical Reviews

The Programme identified the need for technical reviews on key peatland topics to assist the Commission of Inquiry. Selected topics are based on priorities identified in a web survey conducted in December 2009/January 2010 with over 120 responses from 40 organisations from science, policy and practice.

Review teams have assessed the available evidence and engaged with stakeholders to build consensus on current knowledge and practice and policy needs. The emphasis of this work is to build consensus across science, policy and practice, ultimately leading to conservation action.

Click on each topic to find out more and download each review.

State of the UK Peatlands

Peatlands and Climate Change

Peatland Biodiversity

Peatland Restoration

Impacts of Burning Management on Peatlands

Peatland Hydrology

Peatlands and the Historic Environment

Policy Options for Sustainable Management

Illustrative Economics of Peatland Restoration

Review of Public Funding of Peatland Restoration

Review of British Overseas Territories Peatlands

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