Wise use of drained peatlands in a bio-based economy: development of improved assessment practices and sustainable techniques for mitigation of greenhouse gases.

Drained peatlands are important contributors to GHG emissions. For sound land management policies and decision making, an improved scientific knowledge base of GHG fluxes and transparent and verifiable methods for measuring and accounting for emissions reductions is needed. PEATWISE will build on past experience and interdisciplinary research to quantify emission factors from different land uses and production systems such as agriculture, silviculture, and paludiculture.

PEATWISE will develop and refine sustainable soil and water management technologies for managed peatlands to reduce GHG emissions and maintain biomass production in different land use systems. A combination of on-going long term studies carried out in different regions and studies refining or testing new innovative ideas will be used. A general water table-GHG relationship will be developed which enables land-users and land and water authorities to quantify the effects of water management mitigation technologies. Paludiculture, involving production of flooding tolerant species which can be used for biorefinery, biomaterials and bioenergy, is another mitigation option that will be tested. Soil management technologies will be tested in field trials.

PEATWISE will work with stakeholders such as farmers, policy makers and industry. Incentivising management options that reduce emissions from the use of peatlands will be essential to policy that integrates land use change in the 2030 GHG mitigation framework.

Collaborations between European and New Zealand researchers will provide opportunities for knowledge transfer across a wider peatland context than has been achieved before. PEATWISE will analyze existing incentive based policy instruments for different ecosystem services in each case study country to develop a coherent strategy that allows complementarity and bundling of governmental and private sector incentive funding schemes.

NIBIO - Norwegian Bioeconomy Research Institute
Prof. Bjørn Kløve

Project partners
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Aarhus University, Denmark
Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
University of Eastern Finland, Finland
University of Oulu, Finland University Of Waikato, New Zealand
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany

Total requested funding
1,939,000 €

Project duration
36 months

Social media
Twitter: #peatwise

News from PEATWISE



PEATWISE still has some on-going studies but is now mainly focusing on the integration of the results into scientific papers and key message regarding GHG emission and mitigation options. To discuss different views in defining cost-efficient and sustainable mitigation options, PEATWISE organised a meeting in Berlin and an excursion to German agricultural peatlands in October 2019. A summary of mitigation options based on project results and expert judgement is under preparation, and this will later on result in policy briefs. PEATWISE has been presented for stakeholders and at national meetings to discuss peatland management options. The project is also presented at EGU2020 virtual conference with three presentations that are available on-line. The final stakeholder interviews and related policy recommendations are planned for 2020. A special issue “peatland monitoring, modelling and assessment”, is planned together with international collaborators for the journal Frontiers in Earth Science.

PEATWISE case studies

FACCE ERA-GAS PEATWISE_Case Studies_Finland.pdf

FACCE ERA-GAS PEATWISE_Case Studies_Germany.pdf

FACCE ERA-GAS PEATWISE_Case Studies_the Netherlands.pdf

FACCE ERA-GAS PEATWISE_Case Studies_New Zealand.pdf

FACCE ERA-GAS PEATWISE_Case Studies_Norway.pdf

FACCE ERA-GAS PEATWISE_Case Studies_Sweden.pdf

FACCE ERA-GAS funded project PEATWISE published a policy brief on climate mitigation measures for drained peatlands

The FACCE ERA-GAS funded PEATWISE project ”Wise use of drained peatlands in a bio-based economy: development of improved assessment practices and sustainable techniques for mitigation of greenhouse gases” published its first policy brief “Policy Brief #1 climate mitigation measures for drained peatlands”. The PEATWISE project set out to explore the potential of various peatland management practices to sustain production while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions across Northern Europe. This policy brief outlines the mitigation measures in testing phases, presents the PEATWISE case studies, and provides recommendations based on the results from PEATWISEstudy sites in 2018, a year of extreme heat and drought.

Read the PEATWISE Policy Brief

Fact sheets on peatland use policies from different EU countries made available by PEATWISE

The PEATWISE project collected information on policies related to peatland use in Northern European countries. That information is presented in "factsheets", one per participating country.

Factsheet Denmark
Factsheet Finland
Factsheet Germany
Factsheet Netherlands
Factsheet Norway
Factsheet Sweden