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Indonesia and Western Pomerania in dialogue

Indonesia and Western Pomerania in dialogue

Prof. Joosten (left) explaining a core of peat soil to Indonesian ambassador Oegroseno (right) and state secretary Dahlemann (Photo: J. Peters)

Ambassador on paludiculture tour

03/08/2018  To see how paludiculture looks in practice the Indonesian ambassador H.E. Dr. Arif Havas Oegroseno paid a visit to Western Pomerania following an invitation of the Greifswald Mire Centre.
Similar to Germany, Indonesia suffered huge environmental damage due to peatland drainage for agriculture. In Indonesia, large scale peat fires additionally worsened the situation and also caused severe health problems for the population. Today the country sees rewetting and paludiculture as a solution and is gathering information how to use peatlands wisely. Indonesia has recently set up a Peatland Restoration Agency and has rewetted in 2017 some 200,000 ha – as much as entire Europe in its history.

The GMC took ambassador Oegroseno to drained peatlands at polder Bargischow and rewetted peatlands at Anklamer Stadtbruch. Here, Patrick Dahlemann, Secretary of State for Western Pomerania welcomed the ambassador and joined him for a visit in a dense, productive reedbed under almost tropical temperatures. In the small village of Kamp the group observed the harvesting of cattail and learnt about traditional and innovative forms of paludiculture. Reed cutting companies from Anklam region, Rügen island and Schleswig-Holstein together with Dutch companies specialised in mowing machinery for wetlands shared their knowledge with the guests. Patrick Dahlemann welcomed this ‘peatland connection’ and stressed the potential of combining environmental and socio-economic benefits by implementing peatland rewetting and paludiculture.

In the cool historical buildings of Greifswald University, the prorector for Research and International Affairs Prof. Dr. Katharina Riedel introduced the ambassador to the history and main research topics of Greifswald University. Ambassador Oegroseno showed much interest in research cooperation and announced to explore possibilities for setting up an ERASMUS partnership. Further steps in cooperation were also discussed with the Michael Succow Foundation, where Prof. Dr. Michael Succow welcomed the ambassador. 

 

Now in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian

Now in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian

Information material on paludiculture

28/06/2018  Leaflets on paludiculture are now available for download in Estonian, Lithuanian as well as in Latvian - here separately on paludiculture on bogs and on paludiculture on fens. The information material, originally edited by the Succow Foundation and the Greifswald Mire Centre, was edited and translated by Baltic peatland experts and the Michael Succow Foundation, pertner in the Greifswald Mire Centre within the project Paludiculture in the Baltics - Potential and Capacities for climate protection through productive use of rewetted peatlands. The project, sponsored within the European Climate Initiative, analyses whether drained peatland areas in the Baltic states can be rewetted and sustainably used, and - if so - which ones. These measures could effectively reduce CO2-emissions, create altenative sources of income and conserve peatlands as habitat for highly specialised species.

         

Understanding Polesie peatlands

Understanding Polesie peatlands

Fact finding mission to Polesie peatlands (Photo: F. Tanneberger)

Fact finding mission to Belarus completed

28/05/2018  A small group of peatland scientists from GMC and International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG) just returned from southern Belarus. The group has discussed water management at Zvaniec Mire, one of Europe’s largest near-natural peatlands. The site holds about 25% of the world population of the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler. Recently, habitat conditions have deteriorated and the site is now classified as Important Bird Area (IBA) in danger. The group identified main directions of future monitoring and studies to improve water management. Together with experts from the Belarusian Academy of Sciences and the Lithuanian-Belarusian LIFE project on the Aquatic Warbler, concrete steps and increased cooperation was agreed to better understand and protect this and other fens in Polesie region.

 

Peat under Water

Peat under water

Register now for workshop

04/05/2018 The programme for the upcoming peatland restoration workshop "Peat under Water" being held in north-eastern Germany from 5th to 6th September 2018 is now ready:
The workshop will cover carbon and nutrient biochemistry, GHG exchange as well as biodiversity and biotic development of flooded peatlands. Detailed information at www.wetscapes.de/peatunderwater. The deadline for registration is 1st June 2018.

 

100% Aquatic Warbler

100% Aquatic Warbler

Aquatic Warbler Consweration Handbook

New handbook summarises ecology, management and conservation

14/04/2018 For twenty years the Aquatic Warbler Conservation Team (AWCT) is putting its effort into the threatened peatland species and there is quite some reason to celebrate. The team has compiled the Aquatic Warbler Conservation Handbook which was launched at the 20th anniversary celebration 12th-15th April in Brodowin (Germany). The book summarises the current knowledge on ecology, habitat management and conservation of the Aquatic Warbler including contributions of two GMC and long-term AWCT members – Franziska Tanneberger and Cosima Tegetmeyer. The AWCT is a small and informal network of experts for this mire species from almost all range countries – and a success story: Founded in 1998 in Brodowin by Martin Flade, who is its chairman until today, it promoted a Memorandum of Understanding for the protection of the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) under the Bonn Convention (CMS), which was signed in 2003. The team has initiated 8 EU LIFE projects targeting the species’ conservation as well as numerous other projects. Annual AWCT expeditions to breeding or wintering sites are a tradition since the very beginning and help to form a dedicated, inspiring team.

 

Towards better reporting of emissions

Towards better reporting of emissions

EUKI workshop discussed organic soils as cross-cutting issue

06/04/2018 Greenhouse gas emissions from drained organic soils are among the largest sources from the Agriculture and LULUCF sectors in many European countries. However, reporting of drained organic soils to the UNFCCC is for many EU countries inaccurate and not fully compatible with the latest IPCC guidance. As a result, emissions reduction potentials related to organic soils are poorly addressed. The short-term project ‘Improving national GHG inventories for organic soils and mitigation potential of wet land use’ (INVESTIGATE) is funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) to network and prepare further activities to tackle scientific and technical issues with respect to reporting GHG emissions. At a workshop in Greifswald 5th/6th of April 2018, peatland and national inventory experts from Finland, Danmark, Latvia, Ireland, Romania and Germany discussed recommendations for improving national inventories with regard to organic soils. It is planned to jointly prepare further research and policy activities at the EU level.