Ecosystem Services

There are wider ecosystem service benefits to be gained by peat restoration such as improvement in water quality, reduction of flood risk, carbon sequestration, green house gas emission reduction and enhanced recreational enjoyment. Long-term management of peatlands integrating ecosystem services could ensure that upland peatland restoration continues and is maintained. By involving local communities in the stewardship of peatland resources it may be possible that Yorkshires upland blanket bogs could be returned to near pristine, fully functioning and most importantly peat forming ecosystems once again.