Our Peatland Programme wins national accolade
The North Pennines AONB Partnership has won a top national award for the part it is playing in tackling the effects of climate change.
The Partnership’s Peatland Programme won the category ‘Best Initiative by a Local or Regional Body’ in the Climate Week Awards announced in London last week.
The Climate Week Awards recognise the most inspirational and impressive actions taking place in every sector of society. The judging panel contains figures such as the human rights activist, Bianca Jagger, the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and the Bishop of London.
The AONB Partnership has restored over 6,800 hectares of blanket bog in the North Pennines. Degraded peatlands account for about 10% of the world’s total annual carbon dioxide emissions. Peatland restoration is a simple and sustainable way of reducing global carbon dioxide emissions. The North Pennines AONB Partnership’s current research effort is a National Peat Depth Survey which is pulling together existing data on peatland depth and carbon content and developing a simple survey method that will allow a better understanding about how much carbon is stored in our peatlands.
Paul Leadbitter, the AONB Partnership’s Peatland Programme Manager, said: “It is a huge honour to be considered for this award alongside so many inspiring entries. Peatland restoration has long been overlooked as a cost-effective sustainable climate change mitigation technique and we are thrilled to be recognised for our work.”
Matthew Shepherd, Senior Environmental Specialist – Soil Biodiversity from partners Natural England said: “We’re thrilled to see this project being recognised on a national stage. Knowing how much carbon is locked up in peat is vital to our understanding of the scale of the challenges ahead. We hope that increased profile for the project will both highlight the importance of our peatlands and encourage other partners to carry out peat surveys and contribute data to this valuable programme. The project will produce a snapshot of our peatlands today, but ideally it could provide a resource that can continue to grow, as a living record of our peatlands.”
Released: 28 February 2012