Peat Bog Ecosystems: Key Definitions
Lindsay, R., Birnie, Richard and Clough, Jack 2014. Peat Bog Ecosystems: Key Definitions. Edinburgh International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
|Authors||Lindsay, R., Birnie, Richard and Clough, Jack|
This briefing note is part of a series aimed at policy makers, practitioners and academics to help explain the ecological processes that underpin peatland function. Understanding the ecology of peatlands is essential when investigating the impacts of human activity on peatlands, interpreting research findings and planning the recovery of damaged peatlands.
This briefing paper defines peatland bogs and mires, their difference to fens, and the various subdivisions of bog types. Given the broad dominance of peat-rich soils throughout much of the UK uplands, such areas are likely to play a key part in delivering a wide range of ecosystem services at the landscape scale, including particularly carbon storage and water supply, but this will only be achieved if the peat bog habitat is correctly identified, characterised and thereby managed in an appropriate way. If this can be achieved, these peat-dominated landscapes can help to underpin a sustainable rural community as well as providing key benefits to society (e.g. water supplies, carbon storage and sequestration) as a whole.
|Publisher||International Union for the Conservation of Nature|
|Place of publication||Edinburgh|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.iucn-uk-peatlandprogramme.org/resources/briefings|
|Funder||International Union for the Conservation of Nature|
|Scottish Natural Heritage|
|Natural Resources Wales|
|Peter de Haan Charitable Trust|
|05 Nov 2014|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||17 Nov 2014|
|Copyright holder||International Union for the Conservation of Nature|
|Copyright information||© IUCN UK Peatland Programme|
IUCN UK Committee Peatland Programme Briefing Note 1
|Series||IUCN UK Committee Peatland Programme Briefing Note|
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