Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme
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.
The MICCA programme contributes to work with peatlands and organic soils by providing knowledge and policy support.
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