Clifton BainDirector, IUCN UK Peatland        Programme
IUCN UK Peatland ProgrammeCommission of Inquiry on UK Peatlands Patrons from Science, Policy & Practice:  Lord Lindsay, S...
•   At a global scale peatlands store about the same amount of    carbon that is present in the atmosphere.•   ~500 Pg in ...
Peatland Ecosystem Services• Biodiversity, sport and leisure• Climate change mitigation and adaptation• Water quality and ...
Sphagnum building blocks
RSPB Forsinard Reserve  Blocking Hill Drains
% Sphagnum                             % bare peatData J.Holden Defra SP0572
Water
Around 70% of the water sources used for public water supply, derivefrom the uplands of Britain.Restoring peatlands could ...
Biodiversity• unique & specialised• part or full life cycle• sensitive to pollution, management & climate change
Couwenberg et al (in revision) Hydrobiologia -
Moors for the FutureBlack Hill 2005
Moors for the Futurelandscape scale restorationBlack Hill 2008
Forest planting
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  1. 1. Clifton BainDirector, IUCN UK Peatland Programme
  2. 2. IUCN UK Peatland ProgrammeCommission of Inquiry on UK Peatlands Patrons from Science, Policy & Practice: Lord Lindsay, Sir Graham Wynne, Prof Andrew Watkinson Core Panel & Advisory Committee“Investing in Peatlands” Conferences 2010, Durham: The Climate Challenge 2011, Stirling: Funding for Peatlands 2012, Bangor: Delivering RestorationWebsite: www. iucn-uk-peatlandprogramme.org Partner Initiatives Communicate Key Findings
  3. 3. • At a global scale peatlands store about the same amount of carbon that is present in the atmosphere.• ~500 Pg in peatlands• Loss of 1.6% of peatland C = total annual human C emissions• Loss of 0.6% of peatland C = total annual increase in atmospheric CO2-C• In the UK, peatlands cover approximately 15% of the land area.
  4. 4. Peatland Ecosystem Services• Biodiversity, sport and leisure• Climate change mitigation and adaptation• Water quality and supply
  5. 5. Sphagnum building blocks
  6. 6. RSPB Forsinard Reserve Blocking Hill Drains
  7. 7. % Sphagnum % bare peatData J.Holden Defra SP0572
  8. 8. Water
  9. 9. Around 70% of the water sources used for public water supply, derivefrom the uplands of Britain.Restoring peatlands could lead to improved raw water quality andresult in a range of benefits.Carbon and Cost:Reduced power and chemical costs for treatment processes resultingfrom extending the cleaning / replacement cycles. Could also resultin reduction in capital maintenance spend.Water Quality:Improvement to (or reduce the risk of further deterioration of) the rawwater quality envelope especially preventing peak conditions forcolour, turbidity and TOC - it is also likely to improve stability ofdisinfection.
  10. 10. Biodiversity• unique & specialised• part or full life cycle• sensitive to pollution, management & climate change
  11. 11. Couwenberg et al (in revision) Hydrobiologia -
  12. 12. Moors for the FutureBlack Hill 2005
  13. 13. Moors for the Futurelandscape scale restorationBlack Hill 2008
  14. 14. Forest planting
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