Wise use of drained peatlands in a bio-based economy: development of

improved assessment practices and sustainable techniques for mitigation

of greenhouse gases.


Fact sheets on peatland use policies from different EU countries made available by PEATWISE

Recently, the PEATWISE project collected information on policies related to peatland use in Northern European countries. That information is presented in "fact sheets", one per participating country. You can find the factsheets below.

Fact sheet Denmark
Fact sheet Finland
Fact sheet Germany
Fact sheet Netherlands
Fact sheet Norway
Fact sheet Sweden


FACCE ERA-GAS funded project PEATWISE published a policy brief on climate mitigation measures for drained peatlands

The FACCE ERA-GAS funded PEATWISE project ”Wise use of drained peatlands in a bio-based economy: development of improved assessment practices and sustainable techniques for mitigation of greenhouse gases” published its first policy brief “Policy Brief #1 climate mitigation measures for drained peatlands”.

The PEATWISE project set out to explore the potential of various peatland management practices to sustain production while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions across Northern Europe. This policy brief outlines the mitigation measures in testing phases, presents the PEATWISE case studies, and provides recommendations based on the results from PEATWISE study sites in 2018, a year of extreme heat and drought.

Read the PEATWISE Policy Brief

Project summary

Download factsheet pdf

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. Bjørn Kløve
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

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Last updated: 12 February 2018