Total CO2 emissions from the half a million km2 of degraded peatland globally exceeds 2 Gtons. Restoration of this resource is an imperative for both biodiversity conservation and carbon emissions reduction and sequestration.
This workshop will share new conclusions, recommendations and outcomes from the IUCN National Committee for the UK ´Peatland Programme´ and discuss with participants how these can be taken forward in countries and regions around the world. Specifically we wish to cover:
- the role of peatland restoration as a cost effective nature-based solution to climate change
- the role of peatlands in delivering multiple benefits - clean water, flood amelioration, recreation, biodiversity conservation and cultural heritage protection
- the importance of building resilience into peatland landscapes to protect these multiple benefits, and how this can be practically achieved
- recent decisions on peatland restoration and carbon accounting made at UNFCCC and the implications of these for IUCN members
We intend to share our findings (including new recommendations from a major 2 year Commission of Inquiry on peatlands in the UK) and facilitate exchange of key information between participants as they share their own research and experience of peatland restoration practice and policy.