The National Peatland Action Programme is a 5 year plan of peatland restoration in Wales. 

Photo credit: Alun Williams


The National Peatland Action Programme

The National Peatland Action Programme is a 5 year plan of peatland restoration in Wales. 

Welsh peatlands need urgent action to address the nature and climate emergencies.

Peatlands support a variety of habitats and species, they:

  • capture and store carbon
  • regulate greenhouse gases
  • maintain biodiversity
  • regulate water.

Funded by Welsh Government, this programme was set up to coordinate peatland restoration action in Wales.

Restoration work

The National Peatland Action Programme has six priorities:

  • Peatland erosion
  • Peatland drainage
  • Sustainable management of blanket peats
  • Sustainable management of lowland peats
  • The restoration of afforested peatlands
  • The gradual restoration of our highest carbon peatlands.

Restoration action on over 1650 hectares in the first two years (2020-22) means the programme surpassed its initial restoration targets of 600-800 hectares of public and private land every year.

The programme will also safeguard peatlands that are in good and recovering condition.

Read more on the Natural Resources Wales website.

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