ENVIRONMENT Minister Ed-
win Poots has visited the Peatland Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow to see the global significance of
peatlands in tackling climate change and the critical role that restoration of Northern Ireland’s peatlands to a healthy state will play in reversing carbon and biodiversity loss.
The IUCN (International Union
for the Conservation of Nature) Peatland Pavilion, which is supported by DAERA, aims to bring together climate negotiators, peatlands experts and enthusiasts from around the world to exchange their knowledge and experiences on peatlands policy, practice, research, and innovation.
A virtual Peatland Pavilion is also available for people to access, showcasing peatland projects from around the world, including Northern Ireland case studies such as the CABB (Co-operation Across Borders for Biodiversity) and CANN (Collaborative Action for the Natural Network) projects, funded through Interreg VA to restore important lowland raised and blanket bog sites, as well as the National Trust’s restoration work on Divis and Black Mountain.
Restoration of Northern Ireland’s peatlands will be key to our plans to address the climate and biodiversity crises, with peatland habitats and peat soils covering 18 per cent of Northern Ireland.
Mr Poots was invited to visit the Peatland Pavilion in Glasgow by John Martin, RSPB Head of Policy and Advocacy in Northern Ireland, who presented the findings of the RSPB “Valuing our Peatlands” report at the pavilion.
The Minister said: “I am de-lighted to visit the Peatland Pavilion at COP26 and to see the importance of Northern Ireland’s peatlands and some of our exemplar peatland restoration projects showcased on a global stage.
“Working collaboratively with partner organisations, such as RSPB, demonstrates how we can protect and restore these valuable ecosystems.
“Peatland restoration will play a key role in our plans to reduce carbon emissions and lead to a low carbon, high nature future, as envisioned through the draft Green Growth Strategy, which I recently launched on behalf of the NI Executive.”
Mr Martin said: “Peatland re-storation is a clear example of a nature-based solution which can help us in the fight against climate change and research has also shown that peatland restoration is value for money.”