Practical Application of Wise Use

In 2005, a process was started to develop guidelines on how to implement the principles described in "Wise Use of Mires and Peatlands" in companies, environmental agencies and government bodies. It is planned to publish such guidelines for general use of peatlands, for agriculture, forestry, horticulture, peat extraction and tropical peatlands.

First public consultation - autumn 2011

Dear colleagues,

Over a number of years a document entitled Guidelines for the Practical Application of Wise Use has been in the course of preparation. It is intended as a hands-on aid to implementing the 'Wise Use of Mires and Peatlands' guidelines and as a follow-on to the Strategy for Responsible Peatland Management. The current draft has been prepared by IPS members with assistance from friends and colleagues in other organisations.

We are currently launching a consultation process with a view to having as wide a participation as possible in drafting the document and to achieving the maximum possible consensus. To this end we would be grateful if you could review the attached document and let us have your suggestions for improvement.

It is envisaged that this first consultation will last until 9th December 2011.

It is proposed that Jack Rieley and Donal Clarke will then re-edit the document in the light of the comments received and issue the revised for further circulation hopefully by 3rd March 2012 with a view to completing the consultation by 16 March 2012. Following re-editing in the light of these suggestions, a Seminar could be held in April 2012. The hope would be to have a wide-consensus agreed document ready for the 2012 Congress.

We very much look forward to your co-operation in this process. If you wish to make suggestions regarding the proposed consultation process, these will also be welcome.

Donal Clarke
IPS President

IMPORTANT: Please remember to make all changes to the original document using the “review” and “track changes” tool. You can also use “comments” to explain your thoughts.

After that please save and return your new file to ips@peatsociety.org by 9 December.

Guide for reviewing in MS Word: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/review-accept-reject-and-hide-tracked-changes-HA001218562.aspx

practicalapplicationofwiseuseDRAFTnov2011.doc