Managing Peatland Ecosystem Services: Current UK policy and future challenges in a changing world.

Stephen Whitfield, Mark S. Reed, Ken Thomson, M. Christie, Lindsay C. Stringer, Claire H. Quinn, Russell Anderson, Andrew Moxey, Klaus Hubacek

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Abstract

Competing management priorities in peatland policy have become more critical as a result of growing demand for, and decreasing supply of, peatland ecosystem services. Disconnected policies that govern peatland ecosystem service use have resulted in a complex policy landscape in the UK, and unclear strategies with regards to ecosystem service trade-offs. This paper reviews contemporary policies relating to three broad categories of peatland ecosystem service (provisioning; regulating; and cultural), developed and driven at multiple levels (global to local). We argue throughout the paper that dealing effectively with trade-offs requires integrated policies, and we conclude by discussing the kinds of integrated policies that are beginning to emerge and may shape future peatland management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-230
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Volume127
Issue number3
Early online date08 Nov 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • ecosystem services
  • carbon storage
  • biodiversity
  • provision services
  • trade\-offs

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