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A Strategic Assessment of the Afforested Peat Resource in Wales

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An assessment of the distribution of the Welsh peatlands, based on best available spatial information.

Findings and Recommendations

This report:

  • Delivers an improved distribution map of the upland blanket peat and deep peat soils resource at the highest resolution.
  • Includes an improved map of the distribution of afforested deep peats in Wales and ownership of forested land in Wales.
  • Provides an overview of the likely impacts of peat forming factors and afforested peatland restoration and management on the biodiversity, hydrology and greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits.
  • Develops national and field based assessment schemes based on rule based criteria, proxy factors and thresholds for the assessment of afforested peatland in Wales viable for restoration.
  • Carries out a national GIS assessment identifying potential restoration areas in Wales.
  • Tests the field-based assessment by ground truthing a number of sites in Wales.
  • Provides relative costs of afforested peat restoration.

Downloads

Peatland Wales Report

PDF, 14.18 MB

Full report

Executive summary

PDF, 0.06 MB

Summary report

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PDF, 0.08 MB

Executive summary (Welsh language version)

A Strategic Assessment of the Afforested Peat Resource in Wales
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A Strategic Assessment of the Afforested Peat Resource in Wales
Research Status
completed
Contacts
Senior Biogeochemist / Soil Sustainability Research Leader
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