Scientists study peat bog protection

Scientists are studying how to protect peat bogs from climate change in order to produce guidance for policy makers on how bogs can be restored and preserved.

University of Aberdeen scientist Dr Mark Reed has been commissioned by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature UK Peatland Programme and the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme to develop recommendations for the future safeguarding of peatlands.

These recommendations are likely to include advice that those who farm on peatlands are proportionately compensated for the amount of preservation work that they undertake.

Reed is working with colleagues from Aberystwyth, Birmingham City, Leeds, Newcastle and St Andrews Universities, Perth College UHI, part of the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands, the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and the Heather Trust.

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