About GLF Peatlands 2024


Peatlands cover 3-4% of Earth’s land but store a third of global soil carbon. Despite their importance, 12% are degraded, contributing 4% of human-induced emissions.

Degradation, driven by agriculture and forestry, causes environmental and social issues like fires and economic damage. Managing peatlands effectively requires collaboration across sectors.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Peatlands 2024 Hybrid Conference brought together global stakeholders to address gaps in peatland science, policy, and practice. Held alongside the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference, it explored peatlands’ roles in carbon storage, biodiversity, and water regulation.


Exploring Global Peatlands: Mapping, Challenges, and Strategic Actions


This session provided an overview of the Global Peatlands Assessment (GPA), the most comprehensive assessment of peatlands to date. It explored the global distribution of peatlands, showcasing the Global Peatland Map and other hotspot maps to discuss mapping methodologies and identify existing gaps. Key challenges for decision-makers were highlighted, along with policy and governance recommendations. Additionally, peatland action and stakeholder engagement strategies were explored, emphasizing the vital role of the private sector and civil society in effective conservation, restoration, and sustainable management. Key activities and partnerships were outlined for future planning and action.




Fabrice Inkonkoy, Global Peatlands Initiative Coordinator, UNEP; Patrick Scheel, Research Specialist, Global Peatlands Initiative, UNEP; Kristell Hergoualc’h, Senior Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF; Alexandra Barthelmes, Senior Researcher, Greifswald Mire Centre; Rosie Everett, Associate Researcher, Scotland’s Rural College; Jan Peters, Managing Director, Michael Succow Foundation.

The Global Peatlands Assessment: Mapping, Policy, and Action

Language: English

Year: 2024

Ecosystem(s): Wetlands and Peatlands

Location(s): Global

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