Working with the international NGO and policy community to restore and manage global peatlands for food, biodiversity and climate change mitigation
Peatlands are used extensively for agriculture around the world, leading to significant GHG emissions, and contributing towards climate change. New mechanisms are needed to fund restoration and promote sustainable management of these habitats, to support both food production and nature conservation. N8 AgriFood research (from Newcastle University and University of Leeds) has contributed to the design and implementation of the UK’s first ever private-public Payment for Ecosystem Service scheme to pay for the restoration of damaged peatlands, the UK Peatland Code, and has led to international progress in public-private partnerships for peatland restoration by United Nations Conventions and Agencies.
The Peatland Code is now bringing in investment from the private sector and has in excess of 20 restoration projects which are aligned with the Code. N8 AgriFood researchers, in collaboration with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, are contributing to an assessment of international policy across the 25 countries which represent 95% of peatland GHG emissions. This work has fed into the Global Assessment of Peatlands, co-ordinated by the Global Peatland Initiative, which is led by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The team is feeding into the science-policy intervaces of the three Rio Conventions to provide international policy-makers with evidence to support policies that promote triple-wins for food, biodiversity and climate change.