CO2emissions from drained and burned peatlands equate to 10 per cent of all annual fossil fuel emissions.
Peatlands are increasingly playing a bigger role in forest conservation thanks to their extraordinary proficiency at carbon sequestration.
Re-wetting peatlands can improve management to protect climate, say
Global Landscapes Forum delegates.
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Living peatlands sequester carbon-dioxide, drawing it down from the atmosphere through plants and trapping it underground as carbon.
Peatlands offer the world enormous wealth in biodiversity, but without careful management of competing conservation and development objectives, the release of their large locked-in carbon reserves will lead to unprecedented greenhouse emissions and devastating wildfires,” says acting head of UN Environment Joyce Msuya.
They’re brackish and swampy, with little of the aesthetic appeal of a lush rainforest or a pristine coral reef. Perhaps that’s why we’ve taken so long to give peatlands – wetlands that produce peat soil from decaying organic matter – the attention they deserve.
Peatlands are part of the solution as nations struggle to control their carbon emissions. Damaged peatlands around the world emit 6% of the annual carbon dioxide total. Sustainable management and restoration of peatlands is a cost effective natural way to reduce global carbon emissions that provides other benefits such as floor amelioration, increased water quality and quantity and the protection of biodiversity.
Peatlands, formed by the accumulation of decayed vegetation, help regulate the climate by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon within the peat.
“The importance of peatlands is now recognized given their capacity to store carbon in the soil, which worldwide is about twice the content of all forests on Earth”.