Co-creation in agricultural peatland
Challenges: Over 95% of organic soil in Germany is drained, mostly for agriculture (~1.3 Mha), emitting ~53 million tons CO2 eq. p.a. Rewetting reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE), and improves biodiversity, water retention and water quality. Rewetting to productive use paludiculture (agriculture on wet organic soil) is hindered by framework conditions (e.g. Common Agricultural Policy), lack of acceptance, limited access to land and financing, and lack of user-friendly methods.
Solutions: Co-creation and knowledge transfer will enhance motivation of landowners to become a (peatland) carbon farmer, confident in their nature-based solutions. Low-hanging fruits for GHGE reduction will be identified via existing institutional and infrastructural grids.
Outcomes: Value chains based on paludiculture at the regional level reduce conflict between climate action, sustaining rural income and nature conservation goals. Transforming land use on drained peatlands to paludiculture will reduce GHGE by ~20 tons CO2 eq/ha/year.
Type of wetland:
Agripeat – agriculture on peatland