A significant barrier to peatland restoration is financial, with current public funding being both limited and competitive. By becoming Peatland Code-certified, projects can now obtain additional funding through the sale of carbon benefits.
What is the Peatland Code?
The Peatland Code is a voluntary certification standard for UK peatland projects wanting to sell the carbon benefits that will result from restoration. The Peatland Code sets out a series of best practice requirements including a standard method for quantifying the carbon benefits. By certifying a project under the Peatland Code a buyer is reassured that the carbon benefit is real and of good quality. It also provides assurance that the carbon benefit will be measured and monitored over time, essential when the benefits will arise for many years after the purchase has been made.
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Our staff are working with landowners across Wales to develop Peatland Code projects and support applications. A number projects have been validated or are under development, which can be found on the Peatland Code registry.
As the first major scheme to trial the Peatland Code in Wales, the Welsh Peatlands project is working in partnership with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and other partners to inform the future development of the Code, as well as other funding mechanisms to support the restoration and longer term sustainable management of peatlands in Wales.