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Protecting peatlands for climate change mitigation
Editor:IMCC  Time:2014-12-17

Once again at the forefront in efforts to conserve the globe’s mires. Hans Joosten, our secretary –general, was instrumental in drafting and submitting the paper:  Accounting  for peatland hotspots in the new climate agreement  at  the climate conference (UNFCCC COP20) in Lima, Peru. Wetlands international reported that “this position paper gives insight in why peatlands should be treated as hotspots for climate change mitigation in the negotiations for a new climate agreement.  It contains an overview of countries with significant mitigation  potential. This can be realised by placing a ban on draining new peatlands (for forestry and agriculture), and by rewetting already drained peatlands, with options for the maintenance of productive land use under wet conditions (paludiculture).”  Hans reported that unfortunately  they were not able to secure peatland rewetting under CDM  this time. However, he is positive that the next climate conference will have more positive results as interest is growing  in peatland conservation as a mitigation measure to dampen climate change. 

We encourage all our members to engage with the public and governments in countries in the different regions to make them aware of the threat to these unique ecosystems  and  the opportunities peatlands afford us to mitigate climate change.

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