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WCC 2016 Res 043 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management 2017-2020
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
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
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Policy influencing/advocacyThe UK Peatland Strategy was launched in 2018. The UK Peatland Strategy aims to drive and co-ordinate action across the UK, supported by country level plans that will establish a course for peatland conservation and management at a more detailed level. It has also been used as an example of peatland strategy and showcased internationally. Preparatory work is underway to develop a reporting spreadsheet to be distributed to IUCN National Committees for monitoring purposes against the Resolutions recommendations for strategic peatland plans. The resolution has been promoted through an IUCN UK Peatland Programme (IUCN UK PP) and Climate Change Briefing, at the IUCN UK PP Conference 2018 as well as several International events including COP24, and through social media. On-going
Scientific/technical activitiesA baseline summary of strategic action in peatland nations is being undertaken. This is being delivered in two phases: 1. An initial desktop review of available (English language) information (see “data collection”) from all 175 peatland countries including all IUCN member states will identify which countries have peatland strategies in place or in preparation. 2. More detailed information will be sought via a questionnaire to a sub-set of these countries where peatlands are most extensive, emit most GHGs and/or have the most significant carbon stocks This approach will target both countries with a significant peat resource and also countries with have large emissions arising from damaged peatlands, thus fitting closely with the conserve and protect ethos of the IUCN Resolution 43. A suggested list (amalgamated from the ‘Global Peatland CO2 Picture’ report) is provided in Annex 1. The outputs from this assessment can also feed into the policy sections of the Global Assessment of Peatlands (2018) which is being led by the Global Peatlands Initiative. On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
To date the above questionnaire has elicited 22 responses. A summary of these responses is attached. Further results will be provided in a Summary report produced by the IUCN CEM Peatlands Group supported by Newcastle University and the Global Peatlands Initiative.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
Establishing a baseline of which peatland countries have strategies has been limited. There has been a very limited response from countries to the questionnaire. Support from the IUCN Secretariat to encourage National Committees to feed in would be appreciated.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Policy influencing/advocacyReporting spreadsheet to record progress on Countries Strategic peatland plans to be circulated to IUCN National Committees. Summary document to be produced setting out examples of good practice in Peatland Strategies. Promotion of peatlands resolution will continue across international events in 2019.
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