Summer 2011the policy and practitionercommunities, and help thesecommunities make betteruse of the research commu-nity. For more informationabout this phase of thework, click here.
What is the Sustainable Uplands project?News in brief
The Sustainable Uplandsproject is working withpeople across UK uplandsto better anticipate andrespond to future change.In its first phase (2005-2009), the project exploreda range of different futuresfor UK uplands. This in-cluded a future where farm-ers effectively become wild-life and carbon managers,and one where concernsover food security lead toan emphasis on producingfood from the uplands.To do this, the team con-ducted natural science re-search into the carbon,biodiversity and hydrologyof upland systems, linked tomodels showing how landmanagers are likely to reactto different scenarios.The second phase (2009-10)focussed on disseminatingresearch findings, creatingvideos, policy briefs and aninteractive website.The third and current phaseof the project (2010-present) is exploring whatmakes research findings getinto policy and practice
ornot. By studying case studiesfrom across the UK, theproject will develop guide-lines that can help research-ers conduct research that ismore useful for members of
sioned by DEFRA on “barriers &
opportunities to Payments for
Ecosystem Services” which fed into
the development of the White Paperon the Natural Environment
Uplands are at theforefront of Pay-ments for EcosystemServices, with pay-ments for water and recreation already happening.
New smart phonetechnology may
make “visitor pay-back” schemes in
the uplands more profitable and openup the hills to a new audience.
We may be on thecusp of overcoming the necessary regu-latory barriers tomake it possible pay for peatland resto-ration with carbon
Page 3 and enclosed Policy Brief
The IUCN Commis-sion of Inquiry onPeatlands is coming to an end, and pointing to a moresustainable futurefor upland peatlandscapes.