Project approaches

Ultimate Goals

To improve the geospatial knowledge base of wetlands

To evaluate pathways of wetland restoration that incorporate a co-creation process

To provide information and indicators for sustainability to maximise climate change mitigation, biodiversity and other benefits

The cross-cutting theme is climate change mitigation, which simultaneously supports biodiversity and is socially just and rewarding.

Project structure

Impact of the project

Examine the potential and effectiveness of wetland restoration in supporting transition to a climate-neutral and resilient society and economy, through interdisciplinary advancement of environmental, ecosystem, climate and life sciences, social sciences, and economics.

Contribute to EU policy implementation supporting climate change (CC) adaptation and mitigation (EU restoration targets), increase biodiversity (Convention on Biological Diversity, Aichi Biodiversity Targets) and contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG13 Climate Action, SDG15 Life on Land).

Support assessments e.g. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Intergovernmental Science (IPBES), land use, land-use change & forestry (LULUCF) and national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, to provide improved knowledge on the status of European wetlands beyond state-of-art.

Provide improved methods, models and knowledge to project greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) and removals from wetlands and the LULUCF sector → enable more accurate GHGE reporting.

Quantify the GHG abatement potential and biodiversity and other ecosystem services (BES) of wetland restoration at local and EU levels → leading to increased use of wetland restoration as a GHGE mitigation tool.

Address the needs of the biodiversity comprehensively by mapping, monitoring, and assessing BES and restoration efforts for wetlands → produce guidebooks, tools, training → support climate-wise restoration.

Contribute evidence on BES provided by restored wetlands by producing harmonised and spatially explicit data on effects of restoration approaches on CC mitigation and BES → enabling authorities, managers and policymakers to design more accurate and effective wetland strategies.

Provide improved assessment of added value of wetland restoration approaches e.g. by identifying the most successful restoration measures in European wetlands → promote best practices of wetland restoration.

Analyse how approaches related to wetlands are affected by different CC scenarios.

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