31.01.2022 – 12:26
“By 2050, we must restore every square meter of bog worldwide that is currently drained, without exception,” demands NABU on International Wetlands Day (February 2). This is the only way to meet the Paris climate targets. This only affects around ten percent of peatlands globally, but 98 percent in Germany. “In some European countries, moors emit more CO2 than all of industry and all traffic combined,” says NABU Director International, Thomas Tennhardt. NABU is particularly committed to protecting European peatlands and is implementing the new EU-funded project “LIFE Multi Peat” in five European countries.
With the help of measures to restore a near-natural area water balance, a total of 689 hectares of peat bogs are to be revived in Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Germany in the coming years. “These are bogs that have been drained for centuries and are now used for agriculture and forestry – areas that often cause the most greenhouse gas emissions, often with 30 tons of CO2 equivalents per hectare and year,” says Leticia Jurema, NABU project coordinator of “LIFE multipeat”. “We are assuming that we will be able to reduce the currently emitted greenhouse gases on all project areas by up to 50 percent. Overall, by the end of the project we can expect to save 3,600 tons of CO2 equivalents per year,” explains Jurema. The project is thus making an important contribution to the fight against the climate crisis. In order to be able to measure the progress of the project, the measures would be accompanied by intensive monitoring right from the start.
In addition to the restoration of moors on the project areas of all five partner countries, the focus is on EU agricultural and climate policy. “The project demonstrates that agricultural use of permanently wet moors is possible again and more climate-friendly with the help of paludiculture,” says Jurema. The term hides an economic method through which wet moors can be used for agriculture or forestry, for example through reed harvesting for thatched roofs. The focus will be on establishing such paludiculture solutions, especially in the Belgian and German project areas. “So far there has been a lot of theoretical knowledge, but now it’s time to put it into practice: In close cooperation with farmers, we want to test how we can all benefit from sustainably managed moorland,” explains Jurema. NABU demands a paradigm shift from the EU: from the current subsidization of peatland destruction to support for peatland-friendly management.
EU-wide projects like “LIFE Multi Peat” can only be implemented in cooperation with strong partners. As in the previous project “LIFE Peat Restore”, in which, among other things, a moor in Estonia measuring several thousand hectares was rewetted, NABU is also working with experienced partners and stakeholders in Europe on “LIFE Multi Peat”. The measures are to be completed in all five countries by 2026 and are being funded primarily by the “LIFE Climate Change Mitigation Programme”.
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Letícia Jurema, Projektkoordinatorin “Multi Peat”, Tel. +49 (0)30.28 49 84-1726, E-Mail: [email protected]
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