This report was commissioned by SEPA, last year, and was produced by members of the Forum and special guests. The report also draws on a workshop that was held last year to capture input from a wider range of stakeholders.
The report contains an overview of how peatlands were viewed last year from policy and practitioner viewpoints and how the CAP review was likely to influence peatland management.
The rate of change in peatland issues is high and since this report was drafted, there have been many developments and it would be interesting to revise this report to incorporate the latest developments and thinking. One of the biggest changes has been the development of the Peatland ACTION project and the higher level of funding provided by the Scottish Government that this report anticipates.
It was a useful exercise for the Forum and it demonstrates our ability to capture thinking from outside the Forum and deliver a valuable report. This report has taken too long to finalise, but it had to compete for attention with other pieces of commissioned work. The sequel would be even more valuable and it would be easier to produce. I hope that SEPA will consider commissioning this.