Peatland Atlas

Discover the vital role of peatlands in climate regulation and biodiversity preservation through the Peatland Atlas 2023. It reveals how drained peatlands become climate hazards, emitting vast greenhouse gases annually, while offering insights into conservation strategies and restoration efforts. Authored by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the Michael Succow Stiftung, and BUND, with support from the Global Peatlands Initiative, this atlas elucidates the urgent need for action to protect these invaluable ecosystems.


Key Messages


  1. Climate guardians: Peatlands store immense carbon reserves, crucial for climate stability, yet over 10% are already drained worldwide, releasing significant greenhouse gases annually.
  2. Biodiversity hotspots: Drained peatlands not only threaten climate balance but also endanger unique habitats and species specially adapted to these environments, highlighting the critical need for conservation.
  3. Call to Action: The atlas provides a roadmap for peatland protection and restoration, advocating for wetland conservation strategies and promoting paludiculture as a sustainable alternative, urging decisive action from policymakers and society.

Publisher: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Language: English

Year: 2023

Ecosystem(s): Wetlands and Peatlands

Location(s): Africa, Asia, Global, North & Cental America, South America

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