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Rewetting Drained Forest in Southern Sweden

Sweden, Jönköping County (57°65’N, 13°72’E)








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    FAOSTAT statistics provide information on the area of drained organic soils for agriculture around the world and the resulting anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. FAO updated the FAOSTAT datasets on greenhouse gas emissions from organic soils, 1990–2019. National statistics, generated from geospatial information, document an important disturbance to the global carbon cycle, linked to drainage for agriculture.
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    Peatland restoration in China 2015
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    Situated at the headwaters of the Yellow River, the sedge-dominated peatlands in the Ruoergai plateau in China store water and supply it to downstream areas. These peatlands are important grazing lands for local pastoralists and play an important role in Tibetan culture. Other uses from the peatland are fuel, medical plants and honey. In the 1960 to 1970’s the Ruoergai peatlands, which had been drained for agriculture, began to be badly damaged by overgrazing. Assessments and field observations indicate that over 70 percent of the peatlands were severely degraded. As a result, a large amount of CO2 stored in the peat has been released to the atmosphere and biodiversity has been lost. All of these environmental consequences have had an impact on local livelihoods. With support from the Chinese government, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union (EU), the following activities were tested and demonstrated on 4733 ha of peatland. These activities can be replicated to restore other peatlands with similar conditions
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    Peatland Restoration and Sustainable Grazing in China
    Ruoergai Plateau, China, Asia (32.20–34.10° N,102.15°–103.50° E)
    2015
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    Situated at the headwaters of the Yellow River, the sedge-dominated peatlands in the Ruoergai plateau in China, store water and supply it to downstream areas. These peatlands also support endemic and endangered Himalayan species and maintain the special aspects of Tibetan culture. In the 1960-70’s, the Ruoergai peatlands, which had been drained for agriculture, began to be badly damaged by overgrazing. Assessments and field observations indicate that over 70 percent of the peatlands are severely degraded. As a result, a large amount of CO2 stored in the peat has been released to the atmosphere and biodiversity has been lost. All of these environmental consequences have had an impact on local livelihoods.

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