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  • Modeling Peatland Management Practices in Finland

    Modeling Peatland Management Practices in Finland

    Wetlands are important for climate as long term carbon storages. The wetland vegetation removes carbon dioxide from atmosphere and the carbon is accumulated in the soil as peat. However, they are also sources of methane, an important greenhouse gas. Lowering the soil water table enhances peat decomposition and induces large carbon dioxide emissions and loss…

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  • Peatlands in Finland: characteristics and restoration methods

    Peatlands in Finland: characteristics and restoration methods

    Article image: Undrained spruce swamp growing dense tree stand and bilberry on the top of one meter peat in Southern Finland. Photo credit: Hannu Nousiainen. Finland is a country of not only forests but also peatlands. In fact, Finland has approximately 9 million hectares of peatlands, covering about almost a third of the total land area. Peatlands play an…

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  • Young researchers’ introduction – Ville Tuominen

    Young researchers’ introduction – Ville Tuominen

    ALFAwetlands encourages input of young researches to the project. We have already introduced Leo Raivonen from Luke. Now it´s time for Ville Tuominen from FMI. I’m Ville Tuominen, a young scientist working at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). My background is in Systems and Operations research at Aalto University in Finland, and I ended up…

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  • Investigating the benefits and costs of wetland restoration 

    Investigating the benefits and costs of wetland restoration 

    ALFAwetlands’ Work Package 5 focuses on the benefits and costs of wetland restoration. We use three separate surveys to acquire this information: The surveys will be carried out in six ALFAwetlands partner countries: Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Austria and Spain.   Exploring the recreational use of wetlands   The survey focusing on the recreational use of wetlands…

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  • Young researcher’s introduction – Leo Raivonen

    Young researcher’s introduction – Leo Raivonen

    I am a first-year doctoral researcher working in the Wetland Restoration for the Future – ALFAwetlands project on the economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem service benefits and related costs of wetland restoration. Before explaining more about what that means in practice, let me share the story of how I ended up where I am now. Before…

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  • Wetlands restoration in Slavkovský les

    Wetlands restoration in Slavkovský les

    To learn about wetlands restoration practices and build ALFAwetlands synergies with other projects and initiatives, European Wilderness Society have visited various Czech Republic wetlands restoration sites. It was a part of the study tour, organised in October 2023 by the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Carpathian Wetlands Initiative…

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  • ALFAwetlands Summary-2023 and Perspectives-2024

    ALFAwetlands Summary-2023 and Perspectives-2024

    In the year 2023 ALFAwetlands project had a great progress towards achieving its main goals, namely: improvement of the geospatial knowledge base of wetland, evaluation of pathways of wetland restorations and provision of information and indicators for sustainability to maximize climate change mitigation, biodiversity and other benefits.  During 2023 ALFAwetlands 14 +1 partners from 10…

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  • Living Lab Upper Peene Valley, Germany

    Living Lab Upper Peene Valley, Germany

    The Living Lab “Upper Peene Valley” is located in the north-easternmost federal state of Germany Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania. The River Peene gives the region its name, a river measuring 100km in length from its source at Lake Kummerow to its estuary at Szczecin Lagoon at the Polish-German border. The River Peene has an extremely small hydraulic…

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  • Enhancing European wetland knowledge for further decision-making, Part 2

    Enhancing European wetland knowledge for further decision-making, Part 2

    Sound wetland data development Sound wetland data development under ALFAwetlands Work Package 1 has been supported by the project partners running ALFAwetlands Living Labs. These wetlands catchments serve as examples of how geospatial data can be collected, processed and integrated to produce results that accelerate wetland and peatland restoration using available data, current knowledge and…

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