Annex 8. Valuing the Dark Peak: A Deliberative Approach to Payments for Peatland Ecosystem Services
Author: Read and Kenter
Publication Date: 2015
Summary: From the final Making Space for Water report
This report considered the values held by Peak District stakeholders for peatlands and a number of interventions designed to enhance their climate mitigation potential. Specifically, it considered the likely costs and benefits of gully blocking, revegetation and footpath restoration, and has considered the financial viability of paying for these interventions via Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). This was done in the context of ongoing work by Defra to assess the financial feasibility of projects under the pilot UK Peatland Code. Preliminary work was undertaken to understand the attitudes of landowners and other stakeholders towards a future peatland PES scheme in the Dark Peak. This identified general interest in exploring the potential for such a scheme, as well as a number of reservations, particularly around possible negative impacts on grouse moor management. A workshop was then held to enable stakeholders to gain familiarity with the PES concept, assess views and values around potential management options, and provide evidence to the Moors for the Future Partnership (MFFP) and other stakeholders that could inform the development of a future PES scheme, should interest be sustained.
File Type: report
Keywords: ecosystem services; multiple benefits; stakeholder engagement; payment for ecosystem services; climate change; moorland restoration