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The Global Peatlands Initiative’s Research Working Group

The Global Peatlands Initiative’s Research Working Group

The Global Peatlands Initiative Research Working Group, co-led by Prof Mark Reed (SRUC) and Dianna Kopansky (UNEP), was established in 2019 and aims to build capacity among the peatland research community and identify international research funding opportunities for peatlands.

The goal is to develop a programme of research that can be funded by multiple national funders alongside funding from the international community, aligned with the goals of the UN system (leveraging complementary funding where possible), and that is integrated and coordinated at the global scale, enabling the research community to contribute to the global goals of the GPI and draw conclusions from their research of wider international significance.


Training for researchers by researchers

The Research Working Group (RWG) is running online training for peatland researchers to help build their capacity, enable interdisciplinary research and help to advance peatlands research, while building a network of impactful collaboration across the global peatlands research community.

The series kicked off in December 2020 and will carry on through to 2023, with sessions on research skills and impact.


Find out more and book your place:


You can see videos and slides from previous sessions by following the links below:

  • Increasing your research funding success, 17 December 2020 (Mark Reed, SRUC): video and slides
  • Fast track the impact of your research – Introduction to impact with time-saving tools, 30 April 2021 (Mark Reed, SRUC): slides and tools handout
  • Preparing field campaigns in peatland environments, 7 May 2021 (Tatiana Minayeva, Care for Ecosystems; Line Rochefort, University of Laval; Piet-Louis Grundling, Government of South Africa): video and all training resources, slides and videos can be found  
  • Influencing policy, 11 June 2021 (Mark Reed, SRUC; Dianna Kopansky, UNEP): video and all training resources, slides and videos can be found here.
  • Building Visibility and Impact Online, 18 June 2021 (Jeremy Van Loon, CIFOR-ICRAF; Mark Reed, SRUC): slides and video.
  • How to write a policy brief, 30 July 2021 (Jan Peters, Michael Succow Foundation; Mark Reed, SRUC): video and slides from Jan and Mark.
  • Presenting with impact: using evidence to motivate change, 10 September 2021 (Mark Reed, SRUC): slides and Jamboard.
  • Designing and facilitating meetings/workshops with partners & stakeholders, 1 October 2021 (Mark Reed, SRUC): slides.


Global peatland research project catalogue

The working group has also collected an extensive list of peatland research projects that have been funded recently, or that are under review or in preparation. While the list is not exhaustive (especially bids that are not funded or in the public domain), the initiative is an important opportunity for researchers to collaborate with each other around areas of common interest and, where relevant, joining forces to integrate work across projects.

A total of 50 peatland research projects have been identified by members of the Working Group and from online databases, including 25 under development or under review and 44 recently funded. The list of the projects is available here.

Note that these lists are not exhaustive. Projects under development or review are based on survey responses from working group members only, and numerous smaller projects (in particular PhD projects) have been screened out of the list of funded projects.


Get involved

If you are interested in joining this GPI Research Working Group, please contact Mark Reed and Dianna Kopansky to access the sign-up form.


The Research WG network and associated training programme is supported by funding from the British Academy.

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