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Restoring Peatlands in Russia - for fire prevention and climate change mitigation

As of: November 2018

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 41.500 ha of degraded bogs will be restored and sustainably managed. 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 the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ Climate Solutions Award at the UN climate change conference COP23 in Bonn.

Project data

Russian Federation

Implementing organisation:
KfW Entwicklungsbank

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment - Russia, Moskauer Oblastverwaltung (MOV) - Russia
  • Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald,Michael-Succow-Foundation (Michael-Succow-Stiftung - MSS) - Germany,Russian Academy of Sciences - PAH) - Russia ,Wetlands International (WI) - Netherlands,Wetlands International - Russia Programme - Russia

BMU grant:
€ 6,500,000

07/2011 till 12/2018


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