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1262: Sustainable management of UK peatlands

This paper is taken from the summary of ‘Policy Options for Sustainable Management of UK Peatlands’ by a team led by Mark Reed, University of Aberdeen

Year of Publication2011

Sustainable management is essential to maintain the wide range of benefits that peatlands provide. Policy objectives are needed that will ensure delivery of priority ecosystem services which fit local situations. These need to take account of ongoing biophysical, socio-economic, market and policy changes. There is a range of policy instruments and options including national co-ordination of policy and knowledge exchange, restoring peatlands damaged by inappropriate management, accessing private finance via carbon markets, encouraging cross-boundary collaboration between stakeholders and improving the planning system. .

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