‘Beyond Restoration’ – IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference, Ely Cambridgeshire, UK

A major international conference is taking place in Ely, Cambridgeshire on the 3-5 October 2023. Focussing on ‘Beyond Restoration’ the conference will take a look into the future of peatland management, reflect on the collective direction of travel and explore mechanisms to secure the future of UK peatlands in the long-term. Being located in Ely, in close proximity to lowland fens, gives delegates the opportunity to reflect on the unique challenges posed through managing these landscapes, as well as using the local context to explore nationally relevant topics such as agri-environment funding and policies, aftercare/management needs post restoration, and research opportunities. Whilst we will use the local landscape to frame the conference, we will seek to ensure that much of the material is relevant to partners working in both upland and lowland habitats.

Organised by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme it exists to promote peatland restoration in the UK and advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice.

Topics include will include:

  • Paludiculture
  • Peat and carbon
  • Peatland policy
  • Restoration trajectories
  • Peatland data collection
  • Cultural heritage
  • Water management and regulation
  • Lowland and upland knowledge sharing

Bookings for attendance at the conference have now closed but, we hope to show some of key outcomes of the conference on this page at a later day.