Making the case for peatland restoration

A new digital publication to help peatland restoration projects make a strong case for investment has been produced by the Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP).

A ‘User Guide for Valuing the Benefits of Peatland Restoration’ explains very simply how different methods can be used to evaluate benefits such as flood risk reduction, carbon storage, water quality improvements and recreational amenity.

Robust, up to the minute, economic methods developed by researchers and used in practice are described and illustrated by actual case studies. There’s also a key  to indicate how costly or time-consuming each method might be.

The guide can be downloaded from the peat resources section of the iCASP website. It  has been designed with clickable links  so users can quickly find the sections most relevant to their particular interest.

Developed by researchers at the University of Leeds with the Moors for the Future Partnership and the Yorkshire Peat Partnership, it is expected that the guide will enable practitioners to make a much more persuasive case to justify further investment in peatland restoration.