As of: December 2017
Restoring Peatlands in Russia - for fire prevention and climate change mitigation
Objective and activities
The project aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the drainage of bogs and peat fires by around 5-10 tonnes of CO2 per hectare per year and, at the same time, increase the biological diversity of these areas. To this end, a minimum of 59.000 ha of degraded bogs will be restored and sustainably managed, and plans for the rewetting of an additional 45.000 ha will be completed. Furthermore, the project partners are setting up a system for monitoring greenhouse gases and biodiversity, expanding scientific and technical rewetting competence in Russian partner organisations, making recommendations for revising policies and laws in view of sustainable bog management, and developing appropriate strategies and mechanisms.
State of implementation/results
- The project has been selected by an expert panel as one of 2017 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities and will be presented with
United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ Climate Solutions Award at the UN climate change conference COP23 in Bonn.