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RRR2017 - 2nd Announcement

RRR2017 - 2nd Announcement

Flyer RRR2017Exkursions and keynote speakers

09/02/2017   

The Greifswald Mire Centre welcomes participants coming from a range of different disciplines to join the paludiculture conference week „Renewable Resources from Wet and Rewetted Peatlands 2017 (RRR2017)“. The 2nd Announcement includes a great excursion programme and we are happy to announce our key note speaker Prof. Ab Grootjans, Prof. Hans Joosten and Faizal Parish.
The RRR2017 from 25th - 30th September 2017 comprises a national and an international part, a day of excursions and a Sphagnum farming workshop.
Submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcome before 28th February. Exhibition space for contractors, manufacturers and any other stakeholders will be provided indoors and outdoors.
Register for the national and/or international conference and for excursions at www.rrr2017.com. You’ll thus receive regular updates on RRR2017.

 

World Wetlands Day at 2nd February

World Wetlands Day at 2nd February

Logo World Wetlands Day 2017

Exkursion and cattail-harvest

03/02/2017   With two events the Greifswald Mire Centre raised attention for the importance of healthy wetlands and how they help us to cope with extreme weather events at World Wetlands Day 2017 on 2nd February. Just outside of Greifswald the Karrendorfer Wiesen provide a splendid example: During floods this coastal flood peatland serves as wave breaker. Its vegetation slows erosion of the shore zone and promotes sedimentation. Peatlands like this contribute to the stability of the flat coasts all around the Baltic Sea. After flooding, natural waterways ensure rapid drainage. In addition, coastal flood peatlands are significant carbon sinks and therefore important for climate protection. The Greifswald Mire Centre offered a public excursion to the Karrendorfer Wiesen. Some 25 people joined the tour in this fascinating peatland at a frosty temperature.

Moreover, the Greifswald Mire Centre is proud of a little premiere: the first mechanical cattail harvest in Western Pomerania! The demonstration also took place at World Wetlands Day 2017 on 2nd February. Cattail was harvested on an agriculturally used peatland, where a cattail stand had spontaneously established. In cooperation with local reed harvesters, the mechanical harvest was tested with a Seiga (a amphibious vehicle with low ground pressure). After the successful trial, there was a fruitful exchange on possibilities of cattail cultivation on agriculturally used rewetted peatlands in the region.

 


World Wetlands Day 2017 auf den Karrendorfer Wiesen (Foto: J. von Stryk)       Vorpommerns erste maschinelle Rohrkolbenernte (Foto: lensescape.org) 

 

Tropical peatland agriculture is devastating

Tropical peatland agriculture is devastating

Evidence published by 139 peatland scientists

10/01/2017   After the International Peat Congress 2016, held with over 1,000 participants in Kuching (Malaysia), articles in leading regional newspapers reflected a general consensus and summary of the conference, that current agricultural practices in peatland areas, such as oil palm plantations, do not have a negative impact on the environment. Now a global alliance of 139 peatland scientists published their opinion in Global Change Biology: There is overwhelming evidence that business-as-usual management is not sustainable for tropical peatland agriculture. Failing to recognize the devastating consequences of the current landuse practices on peat soils could mean that the next generation will have to deal with an irreversibly altered, dysfunctional landscape where neither environment nor society, globally or locally, will be winners. Open access has been facilitated by Greifswald Mire Centre and Department of Forestry Sciences, University of Helsinki.

 

More peatland research

More peatland research

Two new EU projects to start in 2017

21/12/2016   In the coming year, two new EU projects will start at the Greifswald Mire Centre. In REPEAT, REstoration and prognosis of PEAT formation in fens will be studied, with a particular focus on linking diversity in plant functional traits to soil biological and biogeochemical processes. Together with the universities Warsaw (Poland) and Antwerp (Belgium), NIBIO (Norway) and the Danube Delta Research Institute (Romania), Greifswald University will carry out field research in Belgium, the Netherlands, Northeast-Germany,East-Poland and in the Danube Delta. Nationally, the project is funde by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Very recently, also the project CLEARANCE was approved for funding. This project will develop a CircuLar Economy Approach to River pollution by Agricultural Nutrients with use of Carbon-storing Ecosystems. Consortium partners are, together with Greifswald University, two universities in Warsaw (Poland), Aarhus University (Denmark), Nijmegen University (the Netherlands) as well as the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) Berlin and a Polish NGO.

 

Save the soil!

Save the soil!

Support people4soil on world soil day

5/12/2016   Soils offer a lot, but do not have rights. Soils supply food, filter water, store carbon, but they are exploited, polluted and destroyed. Without healthy soils there is no habitat for humans, animals or plants. Therefore the Greifswald Mire Centre supports the People4Soil initiative. More than 400 associations have joined this European citizens' initiative. At world soil day add your voice to push the EU for specific regulations to protect the soil.

 

Global Peatlands Initiative launched

Global Peatland Initiative launched

Pushing peatlands protection for saving climate

20/11/2016   To save peatlands as the world’s largest terrestrial carbon stock leading peatland experts and institutions launched the Global Peatland Initiative at the World Climate Conference (COP 22) in Marrakech mid of November. It is a joint effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions from drained peatlands and thus make peatland protection a vital factor in meeting climate goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.
The Global Peatlands Initiative was founded by the governments of Indonesia, Peru, the Republic of Congo, UNEP, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, CIFOR, Wetlands International, UNEP-WCMC, GRID-Arendal, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, European Space Agency, WRI, Greifswald Mire Centre and StarVision/Sateligence.
More on www.globalpeatlands.org

 

Reed as Renewable Resource 2017

Reed as Renewable Resource 2017

Register now for one week full of paludiculture!

15/11/2016   The Greifswald Mire Centre is pleased to announce an entire conference week on paludiculture from 25th to 30th September 2017 in Greifswald, Germany. It comprises a national and an international part, a day of excursions and a Sphagnum farming workshop. Submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcome until 28th February (inclusively). Exhibition space for companies (machinery, building material, publisher etc.) and other organisations will be provided indoors and outdoors. Register for the national and/or international conference and for excursions at www.rrr2017.com and receive regular updates about RRR2017.

 

5 million Euro for peatland research

5 million Euro for peatland research

The WETSCAPES-Team (Philipp Schroeder)

Funding from regional excellence initiative

21/10/2016   With 5 million Euro the regional excellence initiative Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is funding WETSCAPES – matter dynamics in peatland and coastal sites as basis for land use, climate impact and water protection (German ony), a joint project of Greifswald University and Rostock University. From 2017-2020 the project will improve the scientific basis of wise use of formerly degraded, rewetted peatland sites. Peat formation in percolation mires, coastal transgression mires and alder carrs in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will get particular attention.
In total five consortia will receive each c. 5 million Euro from the regional excellence initiative. WETSCAPES was developed by the working groups Joosten, Wilmking, Kreyling and Urich at Greifswald University together with colleagues from Rostock University. Third partner is the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Neustrelitz. Project outcomes will be communicated via the Greifswald Mire Centre.

 

From Kolkheti to Hankhausen

From Kolkheti to Hankhausen

Georgians get informed about paludiculture

12/10/2016   The Kolkheti Lowland in Georgia is one of the smallest mire regions in the world with unique mire types like the ‘percolation bog’. Currently the management plans of the Kolkheti National Park and Kobuleti Protected Areas, harbouring the largest, most important and largely pristine mire areas in Kolkheti, are revised and will be updated with scientists from the Greifswald Mire Centre being involved.

Therefore a delegation of five Georgians sought information about paludiculture at the sphagnum farming pilot sites at Hankhausen, Lower Saxony, to discuss opportunities for implementation in Georgia and to assess its potential to support protection of Kolkheti mires. Delegates were Lasha Moistsrapishvili (chairman of the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia, APA, at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia), Khatuna Tsiklauri (main specialist of Scientific Research and Monitoring, APA), Aleksandre Khabeishvili (director of the Kolkheti National Park, APA), Mamuka Gvilava (focal point of Integrated Coastal Zone Management of Georgia) and Izolda Matchutadze (head of Department of Conservation of Kolkheti Mires and Water Ecosystems, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University).
Besides the 13 ha sphagnum farming site they visited the heating plant for fen biomass in Malchin, surrounding harvest areas as well as cultivation experiments of cattail near Ueckermünde in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

 

Tropical peatland use is devastating!

Don’t deny devastating effects of tropical peatland use!

139 scientists publish letter in Global Change Biology

06/10/2016   Following the 16th International Peat Congress (IPC) in Kuching (Sarawak), Malaysia, widely read media reported that the congress supported the view that current agricultural practices in peatland areas, such as oil palm plantations, do not have a negative impact on the environment. However, this view is not shared by many of the participants, and does not reflect the broad message conveyed by the research presented at the congress.
In an effort to correct these statements, a number of the world’s leading researchers, among them experts of the Greifswald Mire Centre, and practitioners from around the world have come together to publish a letter in Global Change Biology, one of the world’s leading environmental science journals. The 139 authors represent 115 government, academic, industry and non-governmental organizations from 20 countries. Forty of these organizations are based in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore; the countries most directly impacted by the adverse consequences of unsustainable management of tropical peatlands.

For more information see:
English press release and open letter to Global Change Biology Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences by Wijedasa LS, Jauhiainen J, Könönen M et al. (2016)