Title
Sustainable Uplands impact summary
Description
Mark Reed was commissioned as part of a team that contributed research findings from Sustainable Uplands to the upland/peatland part of a DEFRA project on challenges and opportunities re: Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in 2010-11. This work was commissioned to feed into DEFRA’s Natural Environment White Paper in 2011 (which consequently included a number of commitments on PES and peatlands). This project was mentioned in DEFRA's 2011 Uplands Policy Review, and Mark Reed undertook a placement with DEFRA in 2011 to help design the workshop described in paragraph 85. One of the commitments in the White Paper was to publish a PES Best Practice Guide, which was written by a team including Mark Reed features Sustainable Uplands research about peatland carbon markets. DEFRA have asked Mark Reed to work with them to develop the PES Action Plan promised in the White Paper, which will include actions arising from Sustainable Uplands research, including the development of a UK Peatland Carbon Code to facilitate private investment in peatland restoration. The team were invited to submit the proposed code to DEFRA’s Ecosystem Markets Taskforce (who were asked by the Prime Minister to identify business opportunities in light of the National Ecosystem Assessment). The code was ranked joint top opportunity out of 44 submitted opportunities by the Taskforce, and Mark Reed was invited to join the Roster of Experts for the second phase of the Taskforce’s work, which recommended the development of a robust code for peatland restoration in its final report in March 2013, which reported directly to the Prime Minister and three Secretaries of State. The code is now being developed with funding from DEFRA as a PES Pilot, with a Phase 1 code to be launched in September 2013
Language
English
Author
Mark Reed
Methods
Citation in other policy documents; Requested to give evidence to government review; Other
Areas
Agriculture, food & fisheries; Land use; Natural resources; Nature conservation
Impact beyond UK?
No