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

The German and Russian governments launched in 2011 the project ‘’Restoring peatlands in Russia’’ as a collaborative effort to address the problems with drained and abandoned peatlands, which are fire-prone and cause major emissions of carbon dioxide. This film provides information on the issues and demonstrates that such degraded peatlands can be restored to avoid these negative effects.

The project has since succeeded to restore over 30,000 hectares of peatlands in Russia using an ecological rewetting approach. This has resulted in the reduction of large quantities of greenhouse gas emissions and significant reduction of fire risks.

Peatlands, if not sustainably used, should be kept wet. Their restoration is cheap compared to the impacts of peat fires and brings significant additional benefits. Rewetted peatlands positively contribute to the economy, biodiversity and the environment.

This film was produced in 2016 within the project “Restoring Peatlands in Russia - for fire prevention and climate change mitigation” which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. The project is facilitated through the German Development Bank KfW, and is jointly implemented by Wetlands International, the Michael Succow Foundation, Greifswald University and the Institute of Forest Science, Russian Academy of Sciences in co-operation with the Ministry of Nature Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, governments of Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Tver and Vladimir provinces.
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