Why are wetlands important?
Wetlands have a remarkable capacity to sequester carbon, the estimated carbon storage of wetlands globally is 225 billion metric tons and they cover 5-8% of the world’s terrestrial landscape.
Wetlands accumulate carbon effectively because they are water-logged, dark, and very productive, which creates conditions for highly stable carbon content, when wet. But wetlands are also a source of greenhouse gases, and depending on the water level, different greenhouse gases are emitted.
The cross-cutting theme is climate change mitigation, which at the same time supports biodiversity and is socially just and rewarding.
At the local level, Living Labs support and integrate interdisciplinary and multi-actor research on ecological, environmental, economic and social issues.
ALFAwetlands project details