The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust says it needs to restore the “brown and broken” Yorkshire peatlands to their former glory to help prevent another disastrous flood like the 2015 Boxing Day disaster in York.
Peatlands are being restored across northern England. Pennine PeatLIFE project partner Yorkshire Wildlife Trust describes restoration efforts at Fleet Moss.
The UNEP describe seven ways to slow global warming . They say there is a need to avoid any further conversion of peatlands into agricultural land and restore little-used, drained peatlands by rewetting them.
Pennine PeatLIFE in the UK and Hydrology LIFE in Finland are 2 examples of the LIFE projects working to restore this priority habitat. While the landscapes differ in each country, conservationists are combining their experiences of working on similar strategies. Paul Leadbitter, Peatland Programme Manager from the North Pennines AONB Partnership, explains how the projects got together.
Germany has committed just under €2 million (£1.7m) in funding to support the sustainable management and protection of some of the world’s most vulnerable peatlands.
CO2emissions from drained and burned peatlands equate to 10 per cent of all annual fossil fuel emissions.
Peatlands are increasingly playing a bigger role in forest conservation thanks to their extraordinary proficiency at carbon sequestration.
Re-wetting peatlands can improve management to protect climate, say
Global Landscapes Forum delegates.
In partnership with Newcastle University, Durham University, Northumbrian Water and the North Pennines AONB Partnership, a new IAPETUS PhD project: Surface and sub-surface changes in peatland during restoration: an insight into hydrological and vegetation dynamics from new technologies is now open to interested applicants. Please click here for more details.
The deadline for applications is 18th January 2019.
Living peatlands sequester carbon-dioxide, drawing it down from the atmosphere through plants and trapping it underground as carbon.