Organic Soils and Peatlands                                                   

Peatlands are delicate ecosystems that contain disproportionally more organic carbon than other terrestrial ecosystems. In many parts of the world peatlands are drained and used for agriculture and forestry. When drained, peatlands become net sources of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, draining peatlands changes vegetation cover, erodes biodiversity, worsens water quality, increases the frequency of fires, causes land subsidence, and can also lead to other negative environmental consequences.
Rewetting and responsible management practices of peatlands can help maintain peatland ecosystem services while sustaining and improving local livelihoods.

The MICCA programme contributes to work with peatlands and organic soils by providing knowledge and policy support.

Organic soils and peatlands climate change mitigation initiative

The Initiative, launched by FAO, the MICCA Programme and Wetlands International is an informal network of organizations and people committed to reducing emissions from peatlands and safeguarding the other vital ecosystem services that peatlands provide.

Institutions currently involved in the initiative include FAO, Wetlands International, Greifswald UniversityIUCN UKGlobal Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Global Environment Centre (GEC)the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)Michael Succow Foundation and the University of Helsinki.    

Decision support tree for management of peatlands and organic soils   


last updated:  Wednesday, June 17, 2015