Here we present a collection of peatland newsletters and websites from around the globe in an effort to connect our members to information. These groups tirelessly advocate for peatland conservation and restoration as a nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. Join or follow them for more information and please let us know if you have any resources to add.
Websites & Newsletters
- Global Peatlands Initiative
An effort by leading experts and institutions to save peatlands as the world’s largest terrestrial organic carbon stock and to prevent it being emitted into the atmosphere. Partners to the Initiative are working together within their respective areas of expertise to improve the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of peatlands. In this way the Initiative is contributing to several Sustainable Development Goals, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, maintaining ecosystem services and securing lives and livelihoods through improved adaptive capacity. One of the first outputs of the Global Peatlands Initiative will be an assessment, which will focus on the status of peatlands and their importance in the global carbon cycle. It will also examine the importance of peatlands for national economies. The Global Peatland Initiative’s website also contains some great training sessions for peatland researchers to help build their capacities, improve and enable inter-disciplinary research, and help to advance and harmonize peatlands research approaches across regions while strengthening the network by inspiring and facilitating impactful collaboration across the global peatlands research community.
- IUCN UK Peatland Programme
This programme exists to promote peatland restoration in the UK and advocates the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice. Their website includes a map of peatland projects around the world and numerous other resources for peatland conservation and restoration. They regularly release a newsletter as well.
- Re-Peat Earth
Re-Peat Earth are a youth-led collective pushing for a peatland paradigm shift. Members are from the Netherlands, Italy, UK, Ireland, Germany, Estonia. Some study peat at a university level, some work with peat “in the field”, and many are simply peat enthusiasts. They host many events online, as well as distribute a peaty newsletter to members.
The C-PEAT Working Group aims to facilitate the interactions of international peat carbon researchers working on peat of all ages, including ecosystem and global modelling scientists. They focus efforts on the Holocene because of the abundance of information available, but also explore pre-Holocene peats. C-PEAT aims to synthesize data and knowledge on all topics related to peat carbon, with the following topical groups:
1. Tropical peatlands
2. Permafrost peat carbon stock
3. Lost peats underwater or on land
4. Peat during glacial-interglacial cycle
5. Pre-Quaternary peats
6. Data analysis methods
7. Peatland process modelling
They host a newsletter worth subscribing to for information updates on their activities and other peatland events across the world.
- Wetland Knowledge Exchange
Hosted by the Canadian Conservation and Land Management Knowledge Network, the Wetland Knowledge Exchange is a monthly newsletter sent to wetland practitioners to provide them with information on the latest wetland news, events and resources from across Canada. Scientific articles are summarized for public consumption in an effort to bridge the gap between research activities and on-the-ground practices, including peatland conservation, mitigation and restoration best management practices. This newsletter is curated by Ducks Unlimited Canada’s National Boreal Program and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Centre for Boreal Research.
- International Mire Conservation Group
An international network of specialists who internationally promote, encourage and, where appropriate, co-ordinate the conservation of mires and related ecosystems; and internationally enhance the exchange of information and experience relating to mires and factors affecting them. The network encompasses a wide spectrum of expertise and interests, from research scientists to consultants, government agency specialists to peatland site managers. The network currently has over 550 contacts in almost 60 countries. Check out their website to have a look at their bulletin or view a digital fieldtrip of South African peatlands, among other activities. New bulletin issues are usually announced via the FAO’s Organic Soils and Peatlands Mitigation Initiative mailing list (see below for more information).
- Paludiculture Newsletter
Produced by the Greifswald Mire Centre (GMC), this newsletter aims to keep a growing community informed on peatlands and paludiculture. You will find news from research, practice, politics, as well as announcements of conferences and other events and recommended publications. The newsletter is issued at irregular intervals in German and English.
- Organic Soils and Peatlands Mitigation Initiative
This mailing list is curated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It aims to create a community for discussing and sharing resources related to peatlands and climate change mitigation. The initiative is being further developed and more information will be released as it grows.