Paludiculture in the Baltic Countries – Climate Protection by Productive Use of Rewetted Peatlands

The project will tackle obstacles for implementing climate-friendly peatland management in the Baltic countries by assessing the feasibility to use drained peatlands in paludiculture after rewetting to substitute fossil resources e.g. peat mosses as horticultural substrates or reed as fuel on newly evolved markets for products in the EU.

Project

The project will tackle obstacles for implementing climate-friendly peatland management in the Baltic countries by assessing the feasibility to use drained peatlands in paludiculture after rewetting to substitute fossil resources e.g. peat mosses as horticultural substrates or reed as fuel on newly evolved markets for products in the EU. In a multi stakeholder dialogue with workshops and field trips, the project will identify and prioritize potential sites in each country and initialise planning for implementation. To make the stakeholders ready for these innovative approaches, the project will build awareness and capacity on paludiculture practices, including knowledge exchange within Europe. We will support the governmental partners in the Baltics to adapt framework conditions for climate-friendly peatland management in national and EU policies to incentivise a shift to less drainage and more paludiculture among land users.

Source: Jan Peters, Michael Succow Foundation

Background

The Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) harbour 21,000 km2 of peatlands of which more than 50% are drained and degraded. They all rank among the EU’s Top 10 of greenhouse gas emitting countries from drained peatland (LV 5th, EST 8th, LT 9th). By rewetting peatlands and introducing climate-smart wet agriculture (paludiculture), substantial emissions can be avoided. Paludiculture provides a double mitigation effect by: 1) reducing landbased emissions as rewetting stops peat decomposition, and 2) substituting fossil resources with renewable biomass.

Project information

Updated: September 2019

Countries: Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania

Project duration: 10/17 - 02/20

Funding: 639,207 €

Target groups: Experts, Governments, Regional governments

Implementing organisation:
Michael Succow Foundation (MSF)

Project Partners:
Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF), Lithuanian Fund for Nature (LFN)

Website:
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This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition 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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