Developing strategies to limit peatland soil organic carbon loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in boreal, temperate, and tropical regions of peatland and agricultural wetlands.

The Peatland Management Network is a network of the Croplands Research Group of the Global Research Alliance.

Scope: The network promotes improved water management in conventional agriculture and innovative approaches in conservation-focused rewetting projects as well as productive use of wet peatlands (“paludiculture”) and peatland restoration, a research area that is not well covered elsewhere in the Croplands Research Group.

Activities:

Areas of interest:

  • Making the Network globally relevant and different from existing groups (e.g., FAO).
  • Identifying where lands should be cultivated and the best management options to reduce emissions.
  • Identifying what peatlands should/could be restored based on the policies and requirements for each country.
  • Completing a stocktake and inventory –of fertilisation and drainage policies globally.
  • Creating a database of sustainable fertiliser practices.

Upcoming Activities:

  • Contact the leaders of the FAO Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) and the International Peatland Society (IPS) to identify gaps for the CRG Peatlands Network and collaboration opportunities.Potentially a joint event together with Global Peatlands Initiative
  • EGU session on Peatland Management in April 2019
  • Contact Alliance country representatives to expand contacts.
  • Review the main challenges facing cultivated peatlands in different regions
  • Opportunity to develop a proposal for a Horizon 2020 funding call on greenhouse gases.

The Peatlands Management Network is expanding participation to other countries that have cultivated peatlands, such as the Baltic region and South East Asia as the Network should consider mitigation options for boreal systems and tropical peatlands.

 

Network members:

Hanna Silvennoinen, Scientist, Secretary for Environment & Natural Resources

NIBIO

Norway

Hanna.Silvennoinen@nibio.no