How about your previous experience?
I have been heavily involved in peatland restoration over the last decade for the Scottish Government-led Peatland Action Programme. I worked for NatureScot (formerly SNH) for nearly 20 years in a range of roles with a strong focus on ecology, conservation management, and development planning.
What are our biggest climate challenges?
It’s no surprise the obvious crises are biodiversity loss and climate change, which are currently humanity’s greatest threats. But I believe both present opportunities for positive change. There is now a much greater emphasis on delivering nature-based solutions to climate change, and in the majority of cases, this can also contribute to enhancing biodiversity.
Adopting nature-based solutions will open up future opportunities for developing and designing optimal peatland restorations. By doing so, natural flood management (NFM) measures can be incorporated, along with carbon-storage options to maximise revenue for corporate-level carbon offsetting.
How can nature-based solutions tackle the climate emergency?
Nature-based solutions will be instrumental in climate change adaptation. They offer a cost-effective approach and can contribute to disaster risk reduction, build resilient cities, improve water management and contribute to long-term food security.
I have a particular interest in nature-based carbon capture/reduction technologies, which are also key benefits that can be derived from restoring peatlands.