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WCC 2016 Res 043 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Wetlands International / The Netherlands
The Wildlife Trusts ( TWT ) / United Kingdom
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds ( RSPB ) / United Kingdom
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Newcastle University; United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO); Global Peatlands Initiative; Ramsar Convention
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Education/Communication/Raising awareness
Policy influencing/advocacy
Scientific/technical activities
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
Implementation of this resolution is being led by the IUCN UK National Committee's Peatland Programme and the CEM Peatland thematic group, with the support of other IUCN members. In 2018, a key achievement was the successful launch of the UK Peatlands Strategy, which aimed to drive and co-ordinate action across the UK, supported by country level plans. This has also been used as an example of peatland strategy development and showcased internationally. Currently additional data is also being collected from a subset of 175 peatland countries, targeting both countries with a significant peat resource and those that have large emissions arising from damaged peatlands, thus fitting closely with the conserve-and-protect ethos of the IUCN Resolution 43. This can then potentially also feed into the policy sections of the Global Assessment of Peatlands (2018) led by the Global Peatlands Initiative, which IUCN is part of. Simultaneously, the work done here is also aligned with recent Ramsar resolutions to maintain peatland ecosystem services for future generations, whose implementation is being supported by Germany and Denmark, among others, and on which an International Workshop was organised on 'Peatland Conservation and Wise Use in the Context of Climate Change', which was also reported on by Germany in its activity report.
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
See report submitted by IUCN CEM Peatland Ecosystems group
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
See report submitted by IUCN CEM Peatland Ecosystems group
Are these actions planned for yet: 
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
Initiated: first stages of implementation