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Peatland Update December 2013 
Peatland Carbon Code 
A separate section on the IUCN UK Peatland Programme website provides a lot of detail about the pilot Peatland Code and access to the Code itself. Mark Reed has added an article to the Sustainable Uplands blog to provide a summary of what it is all about.

2020 LU&F Briefing Paper

This paper is available from the 2020 Group website and it was prepared to provide a briefing about the value of peatland restoration to business leaders who might wish to consider investing in peatlands.  Initially this would be for Corporate Social Responsibility purposes but in due course this might develop as a compliance market is established.

Support for Peatland Events

Under the GSPRP, and in support of the development of the National Peatlands Plan, a series of events are planned across Scotland.  Assistance with staging these events will be sought from organisations and experienced contractors familiar with an area of Scotland.  If anyone is interested in helping to run these events, and perhaps more besides, please contact the Director.

Investing in Peatlands: partnership for a New Era 2013 Conference

This conference took place in York in September and all the papers are available on the IUCN UK PP website alongside the monthly newsletters from the Programme.


SNH briefing for the 2020 Group - Land Use & Forestry Subgroup meeting held on 11 November 2013.

Summary of Scottish Natural Heritage Peatland Activity


The Pilot UK Peatland Code was launched at the IUCN New Era for Peatlands Partnership Conference held in York in September 2013.

Pilot UK Peatland Code


Towards the development of a UK Peatland Code - Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) Pilot Research Project (Sept 2013)


Securing Benefits from UK Peatlands (February 2013)

Clifton Bain, Director IUCN UK Peatland Programme, received a letter from the four UK country Environment Ministers welcoming the work of the Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands.


Wetland Drainage and Rewetting Activity - Greenhouse Gas Reporting

On 16 November 2012 the Chairman wrote to The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, and forwarded a copy to The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, MSP.  The original letters and their responses can be viewed via the links below.

16 November 2012 - letter to The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP

8 January 2013 - response from The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP

16 November 2012 - letter to Paul Wheelhouse, MSP

17 December 2012 - response from Paul Wheelhouse, MSP


Valuing Peatlands - Advances in carbon financing for Peatlands

This presentation was made by Mark Reed at the IUCN Peatland Conference, Bangor, June 2012 and reflects work carried out by Clifton Bain, Director of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme.


Uplands Information Briefing - Peatlands (March 2011)


This Defra research project led by Birmingham City University is exploring the potential for a UK Peatland Carbon Code to give business the confidence to invest in the restoration and protection of damaged peatlands across the UK.

UK Peatland Carbon Code - flier

A Defra payment for Ecosystem Service Pilot Project



Kyoto Protocol and National Accounting for Peatlands

  • a briefing from the IUCN UK Peatland Programme

Carbon Markets 

Paying to Restore Peatland

Uplands Information 

Biodiversity in a Nutshell

  • Clifton Bain, Director IUCN UK Peatland Programme


Meeting 16 October 2012



Meeting 21 February 2012




Meeting - 11 October 2011




Peatland: Carbon Sequestration and Peatland Restoration Inititatives

(May 2013) SSE Renewables are proposing to provide funding for the Peatland Working Group to develop a peatland restoration project.  A copy of the initial proposal document can be viewed here.

A meeting was held on 23 May 12 with the SSE Head of Property, Bruce Keith, and a summary of the discussion is available here.

Further discussions will take place at the 2020 Land Use & Forestry Group meeting in June, and at a planning meeting with SSE in July.  The support of members of the PWG will be requested to assist with the development of this concept.


IUCN Peatland Programme - Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands

This report, the culmination of 18 months work, was launched at a reception at Holyrood on 16 November 2011.  It highlights the multiple benefits of peatland conservation and restoration, particularly in relation to carbon savings, cleaner drinking water, wildlife conservation and historic archive preservation.

To view the full report click here

For the Summary of Findings click here