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Conservation conference on upland bogs to take place in York
UPLAND bogs could be North Yorkshire’s most important natural resource, holding a key to tackling global warming, according to a conservation charity.
The People, Landscape and Cultural Environment Education and Research Centre (PLACE) will focus on the future of the region’s upland areas, including blanket mires, when it hosts its autumn conference.
Dr Rob Stoneman of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust said: “Bogs are an incredibly important part of Yorkshire covering 70,000 hectares and one fifth of the wider British landscape.
“The UK has one of the densest concentrations of the resource which locks up twice as much carbon globally as all the world's forests combined, despite being a much rarer habitat - three per cent of the world's surface, compared with 20 per cent for woodlands.
“But as with forests in some parts of the world, the bogs are being plundered. Most of the world's peaty resource is in Russia, Canada and Indonesia.
“We are extremely concerned about Indonesia because great swathes of peat are being ripped out and converted to palm oil plantation, making it the world’s third largest emitter of carbon dioxide.”
Margaret Atherden, chief executive of PLACE, added: “The uplands provide iconic images of Yorkshire, with its windswept hilltops and heather moors. But it's also a vital resource.”
The conference, on October 12 at York St John University, from 9.30am until 4.45pm, costs £20 or £15 for pensioners, and includes coffee, tea and a buffet lunch.
For more information visit www.place.uk.com.
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