Building a European Peatlands Alliance

Establishing a robust and long-term European alliance of national governments and stakeholders, united for peatland climate action, exchanging knowledge on national peatland strategies, peatland research and peatland conservation and restoration actions.


Peatlands are indispensable ecosystems in the fight against global warming. Healthy peatlands can be the most space-efficient long-term carbon store in our planet’s terrestrial biosphere with an ability to store twice as much carbon as all forests worldwide. However, peatlands in Europe are massively degrading, which is why the continent counts as one with the largest peatland losses. It is imperative to work collaboratively – on a European (EU) level and together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – to help them recover. This can only be achieved by incorporating an already formulated approach on EU level, that targets not only drained agriculturally used peatlands but also peatland areas used predominantly for forestry or peat extraction.


It is imperative to work collaboratively to help peatlands recover, Photo: ©Hans von Sonntag


The project brings together representatives of national governments, scientists, environmentalists, private landowners, and farmers to exchange knowledge in workshops and networking events. It builds up a network that spans across Europe: The European Peatlands Initiative, which works closely together with the Global Peatlands Initiative by UNEP. On the one hand, the project assists decision-makers with detailed up-to-date data as well as best practice approaches. On the other hand, it supports farmers and private landowners through customised workshops and tutorial videos in their own languages. As a result, peatland-rich countries– especially in Central and Eastern Europe – develop increased institutional capacities to tackle the peatland loss and on-site practitioners and land-users receive the education to foster sustainable, drainage-free, and rewetted peatlands. Hence, each party plays a concrete role depending on their interests and responsibilities in helping peatlands recover and become sustainably managed.

Project information

Updated: March 2023

Countries: Europe

Project duration: 11/22 - 04/25

Funding: 607,999 €

Target groups: Experts, Governments

Implementing organisation:
Eurosite - the European Land Conservation Network

Project Partners:
CEEweb for Biodiversity, European Landowners' Organization (ELO), Michael Succow Foundation

Project Website:

Contact Person

Mr Harm Schoten

Organisation: Eurosite – the European Land Conservation Network

Hart van Brabantlaan 12-14
5038 JL Tilburg
The Netherlands

Email: hschoteneurosite.org


This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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