Clifton BainDirector, IUCN UK Peatland Programme
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
• 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.
Peatland Ecosystem Services• Biodiversity, sport and leisure• Climate change mitigation and adaptation• Water quality and supply
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.
Biodiversity• unique & specialised• part or full life cycle• sensitive to pollution, management & climate change
Couwenberg et al (in revision) Hydrobiologia -