Advisory Board

Scientific understanding of the powerful role of peatland in the climate change emergency is rapidly developing and we’re committed to leading the way in implementing best-practice restoration and monitoring.

A key part of the structure at Caledonian Climate is an Advisory Board of internationally-recognised peat and wetland experts. The six primary roles of the Advisory Board are to:

  • Monitor and guide our restoration techniques and peatland activity.
  • Contribute an external science and policy perspective to our business strategy.
  • Share experience of the latest research insights.
  • Advise on the latest national and international policy developments and implications.
  • Develop new research for the implementation and monitoring of Caledonian Climate pilot projects. 
  • Promote discussion relating to broader sustainability issues.
Hans Schutten, Caledonian Climate

Hans Schutten

Hans is Programme Head Climate-smart Land Use at Wetlands International since April 2020 and leads their peatlands program on a global level. He has 35 years’ experience in wetland restoration, ecology and management. As an ecological expert he has provided advice to the EU Environmental Protection Agencies and the European Commission.

John Urquhart, Caledonian Climate

John Urquhart

John has over 35 years experience in  agriculture, forestry and designing and implementing natural environment related contracts including peatland restoration across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. His business, Albamontane, has worked successfully in the field of conservation, agriculture and forestry with a wide range of clients in both the private and public sector.

Charles Cowap, Caledonian Climate

Charles Cowap

Charles is a Chartered Surveyor and Education Specialist with over 30 years’ experience of new developments in rural estate management and valuation, He is now a leading analyst and interpreter of the latest developments for the profession and the rural economy through his work with RICS, CAAV, in education and with other organisations and clients.  Charles is a visiting lecturer at Harper Adams University and a founder director of Natural Capital Consortium Ltd.

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