More than eight percent of Russia is covered by peat bogs. In the past, huge areas were dried up in order to develop them for forestry or agricultural use or to harvest peat. After the collapse of the Soviet Union many areas lay idle and today are a severe fire hazard that covers about 2.75 million hectares of land. Since bogs store twice as much carbon dioxide as all forests in the world combined, their destruction is also a serious threat to our climate. That is why efforts are underway to rewet large bog areas in Russia.
A film by Kerstin Palzer