Sandrine Hugron and Line Rochefort
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
communication, knowledge-transfer, peatland-restoration, responsible-management, stakeholders
Theme V. Restoration, rehabilitation and after-use of disturbed peatlands
According to the Strategy for responsible peatland management, “After-use plans of peatlands used for peat extraction (…) should include best practice measures for the restoration for an optimal range of biodiversity and ecosystem services “. Best practice measures are mostly based on state of art scientific researches and often evolve as new results help the understanding of the system in restoration. However, scientific knowledge is not always easily accessible for stakeholders such as the peat industry, government instances and the general public which directly deal with restoration of peatlands. This presentation aims at presenting the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG)’s strategy to transmit and popularise scientific knowledge about peatland restoration. Two guidelines recently produced by the PERG, Literature review on the impacts of peatland drainage and rewetting techniques and Tree plantation on residual peat in the context of ecological restoration: a practical guide will be briefly presented. The presentation will outline the importance of knowledge transfer from scientists to stakeholders to promote the responsible development of Canadian peatlands. The effectiveness of the different approaches of communication tested by the PERG will be also discussed and contrasted.