Making Natural Capital Financing of Peatland Viable


Thursday, 13th September 2018, 5 – 8 pm

Venue: Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

Nearest tube (within 10-15 mins walk): Chancery Lane, Russell Square, Farringdon, Kings Cross

Download the briefing note for the seminar here


  • 5.00pm Registration, tea and coffee
  • 5.20pm Welcome, summarising the framework and panel starts
  • 6.10pm Q&A session
  • 7.20pm Drinks reception

Peatlands occupy over 10% of the UK land area. They provide homes for wildlife, places for people to enjoy, are our largest natural carbon store and are important to the country’s drinking water supplies and flood management.  

Centuries of damage have left most peatlands in a deteriorated state, and urgent action is needed on a massive scale to safeguard this important natural asset.  All four devolved Governments recognise this need, with both the Defra 25 Year Plan and Scottish Government National Peatland Plan making commitments specifically on peatlands. The UK Peatland Strategy sets a target for two million hectares of peatland to be in good condition (under restoration or being sustainably managed) by 2040.

Collaboration and finance are needed from both the private and public sectors to meet this target. The IUCN UK Peatland Programme has been working closely with eftec to draft a broad financing structure that could help meet the funding needs of peatlands.

This has led to the development of this seminar, held jointly by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, NCI and UKNEE. The purpose of the seminar is to bring together different stakeholders that will have to be involved in natural capital financing to contribute to the debate. The speakers will be talking about their roles and experiences within the larger financing structure, followed by discussion by all and refreshments and networking.  The discussions will feed into the key actions for the IUCN UK Peatland Programme.

Chair: Ian Dickie, Director, eftec also to set the scene for a financing framework for peatland conservation


  • Tom Straton, Deputy Land Steward (Western District), Duchy of Cornwall, perspective of a landowner and land manager of peatlands
  • Rob Cunnigham, Environment Lead, Severn Trent Water, perspective of a water company investing in natural capital
  • James Hepburne Scott, Director, Forest Carbon, perspective of a broker operating between landowners and beneficiaries to develop carbon credits

Seminar is free, but spaces are limited. Registration is essential. Please click here to register by 12th September.

There will be plenty of time for discussions during the Q&A and networking.