Wise use of drained peatlands in a bio-based economy: development of improved assessment practices and sustainable techniques for mitigation of greenhouse gases.

Drained peatlands are important contributors to GHG emissions. For sound land management policies and decision making, an improved scientific knowledge base of GHG fluxes and transparent and verifiable methods for measuring and accounting for emissions reductions is needed. PEATWISE will build on past experience and interdisciplinary research to quantify emission factors from different land uses and production systems such as agriculture, silviculture, and paludiculture.

PEATWISE will develop and refine sustainable soil and water management technologies for managed peatlands to reduce GHG emissions and maintain biomass production in different land use systems. A combination of on-going long term studies carried out in different regions and studies refining or testing new innovative ideas will be used. A general water table-GHG relationship will be developed which enables land-users and land and water authorities to quantify the effects of water management mitigation technologies. Paludiculture, involving production of flooding tolerant species which can be used for biorefinery, biomaterials and bioenergy, is another mitigation option that will be tested. Soil management technologies will be tested in field trials.

PEATWISE will work with stakeholders such as farmers, policy makers and industry. Incentivising management options that reduce emissions from the use of peatlands will be essential to policy that integrates land use change in the 2030 GHG mitigation framework.

Collaborations between European and New Zealand researchers will provide opportunities for knowledge transfer across a wider peatland context than has been achieved before. PEATWISE will analyze existing incentive based policy instruments for different ecosystem services in each case study country to develop a coherent strategy that allows complementarity and bundling of governmental and private sector incentive funding schemes.


NIBIO - Norwegian Bioeconomy Research Institute

Prof. Björn Klöve
Email: bjorn.klove[at]

Project partners

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Aarhus University, Denmark

Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

University of Eastern Finland, Finland

University of Oulu, Finland

University Of Waikato, New Zealand

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany

Total requested funding

1.939.000 €

Project duration

36 months