Why and How?
Peatlands are hugely important habitats and home to an array of unique plants and animals. Peat contains a large amount of carbon, in fact, globally, peat contains the largest amount of carbon of all terrestrial ecosystems. In damaged peatlands carbon is released to the atmosphere in the form of CO2. By restoring and conserving peatlands the amount of CO2 released is reduced which may help to abate the effects of climate change. Peatlands also have potential economic value in terms of carbon credits, water storage, purification and recreational activity.
Photo: Tessa Levens
The ultimate goal of the Yorkshire Peat Partnership is to contribute to the restoration of degraded peatland habitats to help to re-instate functioning, peat forming ecosystems. In turn, this will help increase biodiversity and reduce the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. Along with research, education and community engagement, careful restoration of our peatland habitats may ensure that they can be enjoyed by future generations to come.